To address bioterrorism risks, the FDA has approved the first drug that's specifically designed to treat smallpox. Research on the disease continues even if it has been considered eradicated since 1980.
Public Health July 13, 2018
Smallpox, a deadly disease that killed millions before it was declared eradicated in 1980, was likely a modern killer and not an ancient disease. The findings were based on analysis of DNA from a 17th century mummified child in Lithuania.
Ancient December 9, 2016
Epidemiologist Donald Ainslie Henderson, credited for vanquishing smallpox around the world, has passed away at age 87. Henderson's international war against the virus has saved millions of lives.
Medicine August 21, 2016
U.S. lawmakers say CDC had plenty of advance warning of safety problems. House committee skeptical of center's response to recent accidents.
Healthy Living/Wellness July 17, 2014
A congressional panel seeks to understand the CDC's past failures. The CDC's director says his center has learned its lesson after a series of miscues in its handling of smallpox, anthrax and bird flu.
Earth/Environment July 16, 2014
Scientists cleaning an unused part of a government laboratory in Maryland discovered vials containing smallpox virus. The laboratory is not approved nor equipped to handle the dangerous pathogen.
Life July 10, 2014
Unaccounted-for vials of smallpox virus found at FDA-operated lab at the National Institutes of Health. CDC says testing confirmed presence of smallpox DNA.
Healthy Living/Wellness July 9, 2014
Archaeological find in Egypt is evidence of a deadly plague that ravaged all parts of the Roman Empire. Possibly smallpox, the pandemic killed a quarter of the population of Rome.
June 18, 2014
The World Health Organization is mulling over whether or not live samples of smallpox, the world’s deadliest most contagious disease, should be disposed already. But scientists argue that this is not the right time. Here's why.
Life May 5, 2014