Pulling the Plug on Pox

Three former directors of the Global Smallpox Eradication Program photographed in 1980,as they read the good news that smallpox had been eradicated on a global scale. (© Wikipedia)

Smallpox is regarded as one of the most consequential of all the pestilential diseases that have plagued humanity for the past ten thousand years. One in three could die from it during an epidemic, and it left the survivors scarred and or blinded. In the 1970’s it seemed that this terrifying disease had been wiped out, with the last case reported in 1977. However, today we live with the haunting possibility of its return in the shape of biological warfare.

Produced and presented by Laura Durnford

Released in Euroquest 20 August 1999