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Poxviruses 

Poxviruses

Chapter:
Poxviruses
Author(s):

Geoffrey L. Smith

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070504_update_001

Update:

Pathogenesis—cell entry.

Smallpox—risk of bioterrorist use; treatment or postexposure prophylaxis with cidofovir.

Monkeypox—possible prevention with smallpox vaccines and treatment with cidofovir.

Updated on 31 May 2012. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 27 May 2017

Poxviruses are large, complex DNA viruses that have played several seminal roles in medicine and biological science. Cowpox virus was introduced by Jenner as the first human vaccine in 1796; widespread vaccination with vaccinia virus led to the global eradication of smallpox in 1977, the only human disease to have been eradicated....

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