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Smallpox - ancient scourge or modern threat?

Smallpox - ancient scourge or modern threat?

Infection control

Liz Rosies
RGN MSc(TravelMed)
Travel Health Advisor
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Before its eradication in 1979, smallpox had been around for many thousands of years. The earliest evidence of the disease was found on the mummified body of an Egyptian pharaoh who died in 1157 BC. From Egypt the disease is believed to have been carried by traders to India and across the globe. With the help of the crusaders in the 11th and 12th centuries, smallpox arrived in Europe.(1)

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