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 Webinar: Blastomycosis in Ontario: Public health and clinical considerations
This webinar is intended to provide health care professionals working in public health and primary care with an overview of the etiology of Blastomycosis and epidemiology in Ontario. As well, available diagnostic methods and varying clinical presentations will be discussed.