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  • n  a viral disease of cattle causing a mild skin disease affecting the udder; formerly used to inoculate humans against smallpox

  • But ever since Edward Jenner, a country doctor in England, inoculated his son and a handful of other children against smallpox in 1796 by exposing them to cowpox pus, things have .
  • An eczematous child inoculated against smallpox with the standard cowpox-virus vaccine may develop a severe and possibly fatal combination of cowpox and eczema known as eczema .
  • In fact, the famous vaccine developed by England's Edward Jenner in 1796 resulted from his observation that milkmaids who had gone through bouts of cowpox enjoyed natural .
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  • Bioterror Threat? New Smallpox-Related Virus Raises Alarms
    Smallpox, the disfiguring scourge that killed an estimated 300 million to 500 million people in the 20th century alone, has been eradicated worldwide, thanks to an aggressive vaccination campaign. But smallpox has relatives that are also deadly: The virus that causes smallpox is an orthopoxvirus, a family of viral agents that also cause cowpox, monkeypox, vaccinia and other diseases. And now ...
    May 4, 2014 - via Yahoo! News
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    Scientists with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have detected a new orthopoxvirus—the family of viruses that includes smallpox and cowpox—in three people in the nation of Georgia, including two herdsmen, the CDC reported in a news release yesterday.
    May 2, 2014 - Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

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