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WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research. Report of the fourth meeting. Geneva, Switzerland, 20-21 November 2002

WHO/CDS/CSR/GAR/2003/5


WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research. Report of the fourth meeting. Geneva, Switzerland, 20-21 November 2002

Summary
1. Introduction
2. Update on Variola virus strains held in the two repositories
3. Sequence analysis of Variola virus DNA
4 Current status of PCR and extended PCR/RFLP analysis of orthopoxvirus DNA
5. Progress in the development of PCR-based diagnostic assays
6. Progress in the development of serological assays
7. Update on animal model developments
8. Review of antiviral candidate drugs
9. General discussion
Annex 1: Agenda
Annex 2: List of participants

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