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Smallpox disease was declared eradicated in 1980, the result of a collaborative global campaign. To date, it is the only disease affecting humans to be eradicated from the world. Global eradication of smallpox ranks among the great achievements of humankind. Gone, through determined human effort, is a disease which has brought death to millions, frequently altering the course of history, and traveling through the centuries to every part of the world.
The vital contributions made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are highlighted. Official government correspondence, meeting transcripts, policy statements, surveillance reports and mortality statistics tell a part of that story. Adding depth to these traditional archives are the personal stories of the public health pioneers who worked tirelessly on the frontlines of the smallpox eradication campaign.
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Senior Smallpox Staff in Lagos, Nigeria, May 1967; D. Millar, Dr. G. A. Ademola (Principal Health Officer, Nigeria Fed.), Mrs. Ademola, D.A. Henderson, Dr. E. Ademola Smith (Director Nigerian Smallpox-Measles Program for Nigeria Fed.)
Map showing worldwide areas of smallpox regions in 1950
Arlan Rosenbloom in Cameroon
Children in Cameroon
DA Henderson of WHO Headquarters addressing a Regional Meeting of SEP help in Lagos. Others in picture are Regional Rep. of WHO, and USA Ambassador
Nigerian Minister of Health and World Health Organization's West Africa representative Dr. Nugent at regional meeting of Smallpox Eradication Program in Lagos, Nigeria
Arlan Rosenbloom in Dodge truck, Cameroon. The Dodge Truck was the main transportation device for the smallpox eradication teams.
John McEnaney at Smallpox Eradication Office, Cameroon
Bob Baldwin (far left), Rafe Henderson (left) and others