Accession Number:

AD1067806

Title:

The Peace Gun and the Eradication of Smallpox

Descriptive Note:

Journal Article - Open Access

Corporate Author:

National Museum of Health and Medicine, J-9 DHA Silver Spring United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2017-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

2.0

Abstract:

The eradication of smallpox is often named one of the greatest medical accomplishments in recent history, taking nearly 200 years, multiple nations, various inventions, immunization techniques, and hard work to complete the task. Before worldwide eradication, the disease was still endemic in 33 countries, with an average mortality rate of 30. Smallpox has been eradicated in the United States since the 1950s, and the last known natural case in the world was recorded in Somalia in 1977. Complete eradication was announced by the World Health Organization in May 1980.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Pharmacology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE