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Smallpox #250988

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 18, 1977
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(Studio) Fight against smallpox since days of Edward Jenner reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Disease described. [Chief WHO smallpox program Dr. Donald HENDERSON - says last case smallpox occurred February 5 in Kenya. Victim recovered. No case of smallpox in world today, to best of WHO knowledge.] Ramses V mummy shown; reveals smallpox evidence. History of disease around world noted. Smallpox brought to New World by Spanish. Last case in United States in 1949. 10 years ago WHO voted in Geneva to attempt smallpox eradication. 2 1/2 million cases then existed. Search for victims pictured. [HENDERSON - cites problems treating nomadic Ethiopians.] Traveler brought smallpox to Kenya. [HENDERSON - describes contagion of last case.] WHO to search 6 more mos. before declaring world free of smallpox. Girl, Fatima Adan, had last recorded case.
REPORTER: Charles Osgood

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Osgood, Charles
Duration:
00:04:00

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