06-05-2014 00:19 AM | USA

Deadly virus discovery, spread from livestock

The US centres for disease control has discovered a new orthopoxvirus, similar to smallpox in a small town in Georgia in western Asia, it is believed that the disease has spread from livestock.

It is estimated that smallpox, before it was eradicated killed close to 500 million people in the 20th century.

The virus was eradicated worldwide through aggressive vaccination campaigns.
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