Smallpox is a contagious disease caused by the variola virus. The disease was eradicated globally as a result of vaccination, with the last naturally occurring case occurring in 1977. It does remain as a potential bioterrorism weapon. Smallpox was transmitted from person-to-person through contact with smallpox sores and through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms of smallpox include a fever and a distinct rash.
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PHO Rounds: Novel Disease Surveillance Tools for the Next Pandemic
This seminar will introduce the concept of informal disease event monitoring systems and how this type of data can and has been used to explore communicable disease epidemiological trends among forcibly displaced persons worldwide.