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Resource ID: #15815
Subject: Diseases
Source: Discover
Date: 1999-10-01


Discover Magazine reports that "The last documented case of smallpox occurred in 1977. Now a deadly kin of the virus is spreading out of the forest and into villages....This was not smallpox but monkeypox, a disease first identified in 1958, when it was found spreading among Asian and African monkeys that had been captured for laboratory research....Monkeypox did not easily spread from person to person....(But) new outbreaks of the disease indicate that it could be breaking free of its natural confines and spreading from person to person ... it could become a major threat...."

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