Smallpox is a contagious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a virus. It is spread through contact with an infected person or contaminated materials like clothing. Vaccines have been developed to prevent smallpox, but the virus is still dangerous.
Smallpox: A Dangerous Disease
Smallpox: A contagious and sometimes deadly infectious disease caused by the variola virus. It was one of the most feared diseases in history and has been eradicated due to an effective vaccine. Vaccination: A medical intervention that uses an agent, such as a virus or bacteria, to stimulate the body's production of antibodies and provide immunity against a specific disease. Herd Immunity: A form of immunity that occurs when the vaccination of a significant portion of a population (or herd) provides a measure of protection for individuals who have not developed immunity.
Do you think that smallpox should be eradicated worldwide?
Smallpox is the first disease to be completely eradicated by humans. Smallpox was spread through contact with the saliva of an infected person, not through airborne particles. The last known case of smallpox was reported in Somalia in 1977.
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What did people in the 1700s do to try to prevent smallpox?
What are the main differences between smallpox and other diseases?
What do you think are the most important lessons we can learn from the history of smallpox?
How might smallpox have changed the world if it had not been eradicated?