Smallpox Cameron Woan

For centuries it was one of the feared diseases of all time
The smallpox virus, or variola major, comes from another closely related disease called cowpox, or variola minor.
To become infected, a person would inhale the virus. 10-12 days later, aches and fever occured. 2-4 days after that, a rash would appear on the face and then spread to the rest of the body. The rash looked like thoisands of small pimples (called pustules) and would become large, painful, and filled with pus. In the following days scabs would form over the pustules. Those scabs would eventually fall of two or three weeks later.
Smallpox is known to be the deadliest plague to many people. In the 1900's, it killed over 300,000,000 people and in the spanish conquests it wiped out 95% percent of the Inca population.
Smallpox has also been used as a weapon. In the French and Indian wars the british used smallpox as a biological weapon, handing out blankets that had been used by smallpox victims to the Native Americans.
If you get the smallpox virus you have a 70% chance of survival, and if you survive you become immune to the disease.
In 1796 the first vaccine was invented by an Englishman named Edwad Jenner
The disease was fully eradicated in 1980 so there is no chance of getting it in 2017. The only places it is kept are labs in the U.S. and Russia. It is the first disease to be fully eradicated by humans

Sources used:

Worldbook student: Inglesby, Thomas V. "Smallpox." World Book Student, World Book, 2017, worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar515020. Accessed 21 Apr. 2017

Britannica school: "Smallpox." Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 4 Oct. 2007. school.eb.com/levels/high/article/smallpox/68247. Accessed 21 Apr. 2017.

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