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The Variola virus.

The Variola virus.
The Variola virus.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H5071
Description: The Variola virus - the agent that causes smallpox. Since the late 1970s, the virus has been eradicated from the general public, and now exists only in specialist laboratories. Many fear that Variola from a laboratory could be used to develop smallpox as a bioterrorist weapon.
Creator: Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Images Library
Date: 20th Century
Credit line: Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Images Library
National Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory GreenwichNew Opportunities Fund 
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