alastrim


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a·las·trim

(ă-las'trim),
A mild form of smallpox caused by a less virulent strain of the virus.
[Pg. alastrar, to scatter over]

alastrim

[al′əstrim]
Etymology: Port, alastrar, to spread
a mild form of smallpox, with little rash. It is thought to be caused by a weak strain of the poxvirus that causes smallpox. Unlike smallpox, however, alastrim is rarely fatal. Also called Cuban itch, Kaffir pox, milkpox, pseudosmallpox, pseudovariola, variola minor, West Indian smallpox, whitepox. See also smallpox.

alastrim

A mild form of smallpox, which was eradicated in 1977.

alastrim

A mild form of SMALLPOX. Happily, smallpox has been eradicated-an event unique in medical history-and the name is of academic interest only.
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The World Health Organization tests, published in 1988, on the mildest form of smallpox, alastrim, showing that it became inactive at a constant 35[degrees]C at high humidity seem to have little bearing on, or relevance to the question of smallpox in Sydney in 1789.