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The story of smallpox is a dramatic tale of a disease with such potential epidemic violence that it has shaped the history of the past, certainly of the New World. Now the disease has been eradicated from the face of the earth. This was done by discovering and developing an effective preventive method and defining the epidemiology of the disease. In an unprecedented exercise of international cooperation, the preventive measures were applied to the critical population groups to achieve the planned goal, the eradication of a disease for the first time in history.

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Primary Vaccination Smallpox Vaccination Smallpox Vaccine Variola Virus Monkeypox Virus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abram S. Benenson
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  1. 1.Gorgas Memorial LaboratoryPanamaRepublic of Panama

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