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Most of us don't get the smallpox vaccine anymore, which means we'd be vulnerable to a bioterrorism attack using the virus.

The FDA just approved a drug to treat smallpox in case of a bioterrorism attack — here’s why that scenario is so scary

Smallpox is a devastating and contagious disease caused by the variola virus. It killed approximately 300 million people before mass vaccination campaigns made it the first infectious disease to be eradicated from the wild on our planet in 1980. But it's not gone.
A biological technician wearing a Level C PAPR protective suit climbs up a ladder to inspect a decontamination tent covering Smailholm village hall in southern Scotland, which was the scene of an Anthrax outbreak in July 2006.

Bill Gates says a pandemic flu could kill 30 million people — these are the deadly diseases that scare experts the most

Somewhere on the planet, there's an organism or organisms — likely bacteria or a virus — that could kill tens of millions if it started to spread among people. Many experts think a global pandemic disease, whether naturally occurring or engineered, is the greatest threat humanity faces right now.

Bill Gates thinks a coming disease could kill 30 million people within 6 months — and says we should prepare for it as we do for war

New pathogens emerge all the time. It's becoming easier for small groups to create weaponized diseases. Bill Gates says a small group could build a deadlier form of smallpox in a lab. And people are always hopping on planes, making it possible for a disease to reach a new continent in a few hours.

Bill and Melinda Gates think a weaponized disease may be the biggest threat to humanity — here’s how worried you should be

One of the biggest threats out there is still one of the oldest: infectious disease, either natural or human-made.

Everything we know about North Korea’s bioweapons program

Reports have said North Korea has worked with biological agents like plague, anthrax, viral hemorrhagic fevers, and perhaps smallpox.

Deadly plague could potentially be released as a cloud above a city, killing thousands, according to bioterrorism experts

The CDC categorizes plague as one of the biological weapons agents of highest concern — along with anthrax, smallpox, and viral fevers like Ebola.

An industry-sponsored report claims the US is woefully underprepared for bioterrorism threats, and it’s probably right

The US is not doing enough to protect against biological threats, according to a recent report.