Wanted: Variola

By: Haley Landers

Variola, also known as Smallpox

It was an infectious disease was caused by two viruses, Variola major and Variola minor. It attacks through the circulatory system, and then the blood vessels, then compromise the immune system, and then attack the skin. Smallpox spreads from person to person mainly by aersolized droplets that come from the coughing of infected patients. Contact with smallpox scabs or contaminated clothing or linens can also spread the disease. The common victims are humans.
Smallpox was responsible for an estimated 300-500 million deaths during the 20th century. Since 1967, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 15 million contracted the disease and two million died in that year. Red measles, spots, and swelling of the skin could lead to death if you don't get a vaccination. Vaccinations are the best biological weapon for smallpox. It is found throughout the world.
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