: an acute contagious febrile disease of humans that is caused by a poxvirus (species Variola virus of the genus Orthopoxvirus), is characterized by a skin eruption with pustules, sloughing, and scar formation, and is believed to have been eradicated globally by widespread vaccination
called also variola
Recent Examples on the Web Some of this may sound familiar: for example, the fact that European settlers in North America, both intentionally and unintentionally, used smallpox to wipe out Indigenous populations, to make the work of colonizing easier. —Colin Dickey, The New Republic, 3 May 2023 In 1721, there was an outbreak of smallpox in Boston. —Gary Simon, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2023 As Jenner was making and publicizing his discoveries, King Charles IV of Spain was watching in horror as family members and millions of people in his colonies were felled by smallpox. —Hannah Seo, Discover Magazine, 31 Aug. 2022 But Jynneos hasn't been tested in humans with either monkeypox or its relative smallpox, which was eradicated decades ago. —Matthew Perrone, ajc, 9 Aug. 2022 People who got the smallpox vaccine are eligible for the Jynneos shot. —Grace Tooheystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Only weeks after cases of monkeypox were detected outside of Africa, vaccination campaigns were underway (if slow and piecemeal) in western countries, which have started inoculating at-risk populations with smallpox vaccines that protect against monkeypox, too. —Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 3 Aug. 2022 In severe cases, an antiviral that is aimed at smallpox can be used, according to Dr. Inglesby. —Denise Roland, WSJ, 26 July 2022 State health officials can request an alternative vaccine known as ACAM2000, which was developed to prevent smallpox and should also provide protection against monkeypox, experts say. —New York Times, 15 July 2022 See More
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