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Smallpox In 1967: A Case Study

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Probably, one of the most highly applauded actions of the World Health Organization has been the elimination of smallpox in 1967. The World Health Organization started its abolition program when the smallpox was affecting over fifteen million people yearly, with around two million dying. (Greenspan, 2015) Many of the remaining victims with smallpox were left with blindness or severe disfiguration. Smallpox was targeted as the first major virus to be eliminated by the organization because of its feasibility and financial viability. By 1980 the World Health Organization certified smallpox as being eliminated. It is estimated that without the efforts of the WHO around 40 million deaths would have resulted from the smallpox virus by 2002. (Greenspan,
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