The origin of smallpox is unknown. The finding of smallpox-like rashes on Egyptian mummies suggests that smallpox has existed for at least 3,000 years. The earliest written description of a disease like smallpox appeared in China in the 4th century CE (Common Era). Early written descriptions also appeared in India in the 7th century and in Asia Minor in the 10th century.
Spread of Smallpox
Historians trace the global spread of smallpox to the growth of civilizations and exploration. Expanding trade routes over the centuries also led to the spread of the disease.
Highlights from History:
- 6th Century—Increased trade with China and Korea brings smallpox to Japan.
- 7th Century—Arab expansion spreads smallpox into northern Africa, Spain, and Portugal.
- 11th Century—Crusades further spread smallpox in Europe.
- 15th Century—Portugal occupies part of western Africa, bringing smallpox.
- 16th Century—European settlers and the African slave trade import smallpox into:
- The Caribbean
- Central and South America
- 17th Century—European settlers bring smallpox to North America.
- 18th Century—Explorers from Great Britain bring smallpox to Australia.
Early Control Efforts
Smallpox was a terrible disease. On average, 3 out of every 10 people who got it died. People who survived usually had scars, which were sometimes severe.
One of the first methods for controlling smallpox was variolation, a process named after the virus that causes smallpox (variola virus). During variolation, people who had never had smallpox were exposed to material from smallpox sores (pustules) by scratching the material into their arm or inhaling it through the nose. After variolation, people usually developed the symptoms associated with smallpox, such as fever and a rash. However, fewer people died from variolation than if they had acquired smallpox naturally.
The basis for vaccination began in 1796 when the English doctor Edward Jenner noticed that milkmaids who had gotten cowpox were protected from smallpox. Jenner also knew about variolation and guessed that exposure to cowpox could be used to protect against smallpox. To test his theory, Dr. Jenner took material from a cowpox sore on milkmaid Sarah Nelmes’ hand and inoculated it into the arm of James Phipps, the 9-year-old son of Jenner’s gardener. Months later, Jenner exposed Phipps several times to variola virus, but Phipps never developed smallpox. More experiments followed, and, in 1801, Jenner published his treatise “On the Origin of the Vaccine Inoculation.” In this work, he summarized his discoveries and expressed hope that “the annihilation of the smallpox, the most dreadful scourge of the human species, must be the final result of this practice.”
Vaccination became widely accepted and gradually replaced the practice of variolation. At some point in the 1800s, the virus used to make the smallpox vaccine changed from cowpox to vaccinia virus.
Global Smallpox Eradication
Global Smallpox Eradication Program
In 1959, the World Health Organization (WHO) started a plan to rid the world of smallpox. Unfortunately, this global eradication campaign suffered from a lack of funds, personnel, and commitment from countries, and a shortage of vaccine donations. Despite their best efforts, smallpox was still widespread in 1966, causing regular outbreaks across South America, Africa, and Asia.
The Intensified Eradication Program began in 1967 with a promise of renewed efforts. Laboratories in many countries where smallpox occurred regularly were able to produce more, higher-quality freeze-dried vaccine. Other factors that played an important role in the success of the intensified efforts included the development of the bifurcated needle, the establishment of a case surveillance system, and mass vaccination campaigns.
By the time the Intensified Eradication Program began in 1967, smallpox was already eliminated in North America (1952) and Europe (1953). Cases were still occurring in South America, Asia, and Africa (smallpox was never widespread in Australia). The Program made steady progress toward ridding the world of this disease, and by 1971 smallpox was eradicated from South America, followed by Asia (1975), and finally Africa (1977).
Last Cases of Smallpox
In late 1975, three-year-old Rahima Banu from Bangladesh was the last person in the world to have naturally acquired variola major. She was also the last person in Asia to have active smallpox. She was isolated at home with house guards posted 24 hours a day until she was no longer infectious. A house-to-house vaccination campaign within a 1.5-mile radius of her home began immediately. A member of the Smallpox Eradication Program team visited every house, public meeting area, school, and healer within 5 miles to ensure the illness did not spread. They also offered a reward to anyone who reported a smallpox case.
Ali Maow Maalin was the last person to have naturally acquired smallpox caused by variola minor. Maalin was a hospital cook in Merca, Somalia. On October 12, 1977, he rode with two smallpox patients in a vehicle from the hospital to the local smallpox office. On October 22, he developed a fever. At first healthcare workers diagnosed him with malaria, and then chickenpox. The smallpox eradication staff then correctly diagnosed him with smallpox on October 30. Maalin was isolated and made a full recovery. Maalin died of malaria on July 22, 2013, while working in the polio eradication campaign.
Janet Parker was the last person to die of smallpox. In 1978, Parker was a medical photographer at England’s Birmingham University Medical School. She worked one floor above the Medical Microbiology Department where staff and students conducted smallpox research. She became ill on August 11 and developed a rash on August 15 but was not diagnosed with smallpox until 9 days later. She died on September 11, 1978. Her mother, who was providing care for her, developed smallpox on September 7, despite having been vaccinated two weeks earlier. An investigation suggested that Janet Parker had been infected either via an airborne route through the medical school building’s duct system or by direct contact while visiting the microbiology corridor.
World Free of Smallpox
Almost two centuries after Jenner hoped that vaccination could annihilate smallpox, the 33rd World Health Assembly declared the world free of this disease on May 8, 1980. Many people consider smallpox eradication to be the biggest achievement in international public health.
Stocks of Variola Virus
Following the eradication of smallpox, scientists and public health officials determined there was still a need to perform research using the variola virus. They agreed to reduce the number of laboratories holding stocks of variola virus to only four locations. In 1981, the four countries that either served as a WHO collaborating center or were actively working with variola virus were the United States, England, Russia, and South Africa. By 1984, England and South Africa had either destroyed their stocks or transferred them to other approved labs. There are now only two locations that officially store and handle variola virus under WHO supervision: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, and the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology (VECTOR Institute) in Koltsovo, Russia.
Now we have Bill Gates telling us that a stock of smallpox vaccine was “accidentally” discovered at Merck Laboratories. Now how did that happen, and why does it represent a threat to humanity unless he or one of his cohorts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci were to unleash it upon an unsuspecting world?
All of the above information was copied verbatim from the Centers for Disease Control website
One more very good reason to not get vaccinated.
No one ever caught smallpox from the smallpox vaccine. No one ever died or was maimed by the smallpox vaccine. President George Washington by Executive Order, ordered all of his troops to be vaccinated against smallpox, but he was also aware that no one had ever contracted smallpox via the vaccine and that there had been no deaths or injuries attributed to the vaccine; so those of you who keep using this to promote your false narrative that our troops should follow suit and accept the COVID vaccine are just plain insane. The COVID 19 vaccine is NOT SAFE. I have already lost 4 friends to COVID vaccines, and they died horrible deaths within 2 weeks of receiving them. 2 were by Pfizer, 1 by Moderna, and 1 by Johnson & Johnson.
FUCK YOUR VACCINES!
For someone who is so obsessed with the rest of the world getting vaccinated, why is it that Bill and Melinda Gates REFUSE to get their own children vaccinated? Inquiring minds want to know!
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Hello from the UK
Thank you very much for this post. The following may help.
Smallpox is the consequence of chemical poisoning of some nature. We produce urea ourselves as part of the metabolic process which is a poison we must excrete. There are other poisons in the environment including lead, arsenic etc.
Joe Biden produces urea as part of his meta a bollux process as well (a.k.a. bullshit). He is also an arse nic.
I have yet to research smallpox in great detail, but those who say vaccines have eradicated smallpox are just liars. It is public health improvements that led to less issues. I say less as they have managed to call measles etc something other than smallpox although symptoms are similar (hmmm, that’s suspicious, why should they do that).
‘Money, money, money must be funny in a rich man’s world.’
The real pandemic (apart from lies from Joe Biden, big pharma, big farmer etc. etc.) is vitamin D deficiency due to increased indoor living and working. But this doesn’t make much money for big pharma etc. etc.
I have written lots of stuff on Covid 19 and vaccines should you be interested. This might be as good a start as any.
Please note I do use humour as necessary on posts and pages to lighten the mood and help make the points.
I have written about Joe Biden too. You will find him in various places as he is lost. You will therefore find him in my Lost Property.
As I consider the vaccines one of the marks of the beast I think we can safely say the Joe Biden’s motto is ‘Let’s go branding!’