Forty years ago today (8 May 1980), the World Health Organization officially declared smallpox eradicated.
The eradication of smallpox happened prior to the development of most modern virological and molecular biological techniques.
This conference addresses issues and activities related to preparing to respond to the potential threat of a smallpox outbreak. The conference focuses on:
- A preparedness guidebook for States
- New York City's preparedness efforts
- An online educational tool on biological agents
A webcast offering a discussion of the smallpox resources available in clinical and public health laboratories, indications for laboratory testing, the types and availability of testing, test interpretation, and specific specimen collection, handling, and transportation requirements.
A webcast offering information for people who are considering participation on a US state and local Smallpox Response Team.