Tagged: smallpox

How infectious diseases have shaped our culture, habits and language - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 14, 2017

Maxine Whittaker, James Cook University This is the last article in a four-part package looking at infectious diseases and how they’ve influenced our culture and evolution. Read the other articles here. Despite being so small they can’t be seen with the naked eye, pathogens that cause human disease have greatly affected the way humans live for centuries. Read More

When do we stop vaccinating against an infectious disease? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 13, 2017

By Rebecca Chisholm, University of Melbourne and Nicholas Geard, University of Melbourne Australia was declared measles-free in 2014. However, the recent importation of a case of measles into Australia from Indonesia illustrates the threat this disease still poses to Australians. It also underscores the importance of maintaining high vaccination rates against rare diseases to … Read More

The Wilyman thesis on how smallpox is transmitted - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Jan 17, 2016

I had another head-desk moment today, on reading a bit more of Judy Wilyman’s PhD thesis (a bit at a time is quite enough). Smallpox vaccines. Flickr CC, Pan American Health Organization-PAHO / World Health Organization-WHO. The document has quite a bit to say about smallpox. I’ve already noted the ill-considered statement that the vaccine has never … Read More