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Smallpox Alert

Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(6):1289-1290. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-66-6-1289
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An ancient enemy is staging a brisk comeback this year. During the first 3 months of 1967, 11,270 cases of smallpox were reported to the World Health Organization in contrast with 8,457 for the same period in 1966. Almost all of this increase is due to the resurgence of epidemic smallpox in the Indian subcontinent (1). From India, 7,993 cases were reported during the first 3 months, twice as many as for the same period last year. A major epidemic numbering over 1,200 reported cases developed in Bombay.

The relevance of this to the "smallpox-free" world became clear in February




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