The Peace Gun and the Eradication of Smallpox
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National Museum of Health and Medicine, J-9 DHA Silver Spring United States
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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.
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