In <3flv7r$72m at csi0.csi.UOttawa.CA> g470966 at labsun1.med.uottawa.ca (mary
louise graham (microbio)) writes:
>>Steve Quan (squan at ix.netcom.com) wrote:
>: The only reservoir (i.e. place where it hides or
>replicates/infects) for the smallpox virus is humans. So basically if
>human was inadvertently carrying the virus (even if they don't show any
>signs of the disease) some close content would have come up with the
>disease long ago. Because the signs of infection for smallpox are so
>disgustingly obvious and there have been no reported cases world wide
>twenty years, one can make a 99% sure statement that the virus has been
>removed entirely from the human population.
Thanks for answer. I never knew that humans were the only host and so
now it all makes sense. By the way, this is Mo, Steve's wife.