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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.

This archive chronicles the smallpox eradication program by adding depth to traditional archives through the use of personal stories of the public health pioneers who worked tirelessly on the frontlines of the smallpox eradication campaign.

The links above connect you to a database of oral histories, photographs, documents, and other media.

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