What is variola major?

  • (noun): A type of smallpox virus that has a fatality rate of up to 25 percent.
    Synonyms: variola major virus
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Smallpox Survivors - History - Human History
... of Syracuse with smallpox, many scholars agree it is very unlikely such a serious disease as variola major would have escaped a description by Hippocrates if it existed in the ... Tours recorded a similar outbreak in France and Italy in 580, the first use of the term variola other historians speculate that Arab armies first carried smallpox out of Africa to ... By the mid-18th century smallpox was a major endemic disease everywhere in the world except in Australia and in several small islands ...

More definitions of "variola major":

  • (noun): A highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars.
    Synonyms: smallpox, variola

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