Smallpox: Viable virus particles obtained from scabs after 13 years

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Viable smallpox virus particles were obtained from scabs collected 13 years previously and kept in a storage cupboard.

“Dry scabs were not ground as this was found to cause a fine dust that could be smelled outside the inoculation cabinet. Indeed, merely opening the envelopes to take out the scabs (inside the cabinet) gave rise to a typical dusty smell in the laboratory.”

The Survival of Smallpox Virus (Variola Minor) in Natural Circumstances


Link to study (pdf dowwnload)


Note: Monkeypox is caused by a zoonotic virus in the genus Orthopoxvirus. The variola virus, the causative agent of smallpox, is also in this genus.

Wikipedia – Monkeypox



Monkeypox: Doctor infected while testing patients


H/t Roland Baker