Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fact of the Day: End of Smallpox

By the late 1960's, smallpox was no longer a concern for those who lived in first world countries. However in 3rd world countries, smallpox still took countless lives. Thanks to Dr. Donald Henderson leading a ten-year international effort, by 1979 nobody in the world had died from smallpox. 

11 comments:

  1. Fantastic. I had a smallpox vaccination years ago due to the nature of my work.

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  2. This is the kind of thing I hope my daughter works towards with her future degree in biochemistry. Vaccinations that save lives!

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  3. mother nature failed again. human triumphs.

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  4. Wiping out a disease is sure a win indeed

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  5. I remember as a toddler in the early 1960s being taken down to the community hall in our small town to be dosed with the pink liquid in a little white paper cup.

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    1. On second thought, I think that was for polio, not smallpox. Disregard my memories, lol!

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  6. Smallpox is scary. I'm glad we don't have to deal with that for the most part.

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  7. Yes, and it was the discovery that farm children catching cowpox, which was harmless but provided immunity to much deadlier smallpox, that prompted the cure.

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  8. '79 is still pretty recent, what a good man.

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  9. What makes me crazy is my belief in the fact that some governments somewhere (Russia) have smallpox virus stockpiles that they're keeping for biological warfare. I wouldn't be surprised to know that the US has the same stockpiles. Thank goodness I was vaccinated.

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