Smallpox is an acute, contagious, and sometimes fatal disease caused by infection with a virus known as the variola virus. Smallpox outbreaks have occurred from time to time for thousands of years, but in 1980 the disease was declared eradicated following worldwide vaccination programs. Except for stockpiles in high-security laboratories, the virus has been eliminated. However, if obtained and deliberately released as a bioweapon, smallpox could cause a public health catastrophe.
Smallpox as a Bioweapon
Provides information on the use of smallpox as a bioweapon and associated issues to be considered during a smallpox outbreak.
Provides links and references to additional resources related to small pox.