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Variola Major

Definition of the noun variola major

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  1. a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars
  2. a type of smallpox virus that has a fatality rate of up to 25 percent

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Google previewEncyclopedia 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 ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare (2007)

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 ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the World Health Organization (2013)

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.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2015)

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 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of War and American Society (2005)

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 ...

Google previewCompanion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine (2013)

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 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Terrorist, Natural, and Man-Made Disasters (2006)

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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