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Smallpox blisters on arm (NCP 10520), National Museum of Health and Medicine | by medicalmuseum
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Smallpox blisters on arm (NCP 10520), National Museum of Health and Medicine

Smallpox blisters on arm (NCP 10520), National Museum of Health and Medicine

 

Description: Color photograph of a person's arm, covered in circular smallpox blisters.

 

Smallpox, or variola, was an infectious, highly contagious disease caused by a Variola virus. Due to vaccination campaigns in the 19th and 20th centuries, the World Health Organization certified its eradication in 1980.

 

Date: unknown, possibly circa 1950

 

Photo ID: NCP 10520

 

Source collection: OHA 250: New Contributed Photographs

 

Respository: National Museum of Health and Medicine, Otis Historical Archives

 

Rights: No known restrictions upon publication, physical copy retained by National Museum of Health and Medicine. Publication and high resolution image requests should be directed to the NMHM (www.medicalmuseum.mil/)

 

 

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Taken on October 23, 2008