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Smallpox – some unknown heroes in smallpox eradication

Eugene D. Robin, Robert F. McCauley


Abstract

On May 8, 1980 the 33rd World Health Assembly formally declared that ‘the world and all its people have won freedom from small pox’. In May, 1996 the 49th World Health Assembly adopted a resolution recommending that ‘remaining stocks of variola virus, including all smalIpox viruses, viral genomic DNA, clinical specimens and other materials containing variola virus should be destroyed on 30June 1999…’

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