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  • Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Case 6/Picture 8 (06.11.2013.) Could you identify the picture?

Child_with_Smallpox_Bangladesh

Answer

This is a picture of small pox in a young girl in Bangladesh in 1973 .

Smallpox was eradicated in 1977  by the World Health Organization. This was accomplished through a massive, worldwide outbreak search and vaccination program. However, the variola virus was not completely exterminated. Three known virus repositories remained, one in Birmingham, England (later destroyed after an accidental containment breech, causing the death of Janet Parker), and one each at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia and the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology (VECTOR) in Koltsovo, Russia. These states report that their repositories are for possible antibioweaponry research and insurance if some obscure reservoir of natural smallpox is discovered in the future. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallpox_vaccine

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