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Definition of the noun variola major
What does variola major mean as a name of something?
- a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars
- lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
- synonyms of variola major: smallpox / variola
- more generic word: pox = a contagious disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pock marks
- more specific terms: West Indian smallpox / pseudosmallpox / pseudovariola / variola minor / Cuban itch / Kaffir pox / white pox / alastrim / milk pox = a mild form of smallpox caused by a less virulent form of the virus
- part: pock = a pustule in an eruptive disease
- a type of smallpox virus that has a fatality rate of up to 25 percent
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Encyclopedia of Microbiology (2009)
Pathogenesis Two distinct forms of smallpox have been observed over the years: variola major with a case-fatality rate of 20–30% and ...
by Benjamin C. Garrett, John Hart
Variola major is responsible for the classic form of the disease familiar to the public. The disease is unique to humans in ...
by Kelley Lee, Jennifer Fang
Smallpox was caused by the variola virus and had two forms: variola major and variola minor. Variola major was the deadlier of the two, with a fatality rate of about 30 percent, compared to that of variola minor being less than 1 percent.
Variola major (smallpox) 2. Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) 3. Yersinia pestis (plague ) 4. Clostridium botulinum neurotoxins (botulism) 5. Francisella tularensis ( tularemia) 6. Viral hemorrhagic fevers (filoviruses (e.g., Ebola, Marburg) and ...
by Peter Karsten
Smallpox mortality rates plummeted in the late 1800s as vaccination gained widespread acceptance, and a milder strain of smallpox, Variola minor, replaced the more virulent Variola major. By the 1970s Americans were no longer routinely ...
by W. F. Bynum, Roy Porter
In the case of smallpox, the disease is believed by some to have established an African focus at some time in the distant past, and one might speculate that this disease was, or became, variola major, which was imported to Europe to supplant ...
by Michael I. Greenberg
and/or Smallpox (Variola major) 1520: North and Central America The Spanish brought smallpox and measles with them as they explored the Americas. Hoff B, Smith C III. Mapping Epidemics: A Historical Atlas of Disease.
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