Small pox

mary louise graham microbio g470966 at labsun1.med.uottawa.ca
Thu Jan 19 10:07:39 EST 1995


Steve Quan (squan at ix.netcom.com) wrote:
: The only reservoir (i.e. place where it hides or
replicates/infects) for the smallpox virus is humans.  So basically if any
human was inadvertently carrying the virus (even if they don't show any
signs of the disease) some close content would have come up with the
disease long ago.  Because the signs of infection for smallpox are so
disgustingly obvious and there have been no reported cases world wide in
twenty years, one can make a 99% sure statement that the virus has been
removed entirely from the human population.   



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