Comment for the Special Issue of Smallpox and Measles
Professor Emeritus, Department of Microbiology, University of Iceland, Iceland
- *Corresponding Author:
- Margret Gudnadottir
Professor Emeritus, Department of Microbiology
University of Iceland, Iceland
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: August 25, 2014; Accepted date: September 18, 2014; Published date: September 25, 2014
Citation: Gudnadottir M (2014) Comment for the Special Issue of Smallpox and Measles. J Vaccines Vaccin 5:250. doi: 10.4172/2157-7560.1000250
Copyright: © 2014 Gudnadottir M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
In 1796, Dr Jenner did a crucial experiment: by simply transferring fluid from original cowpox lesions to mild abrasions on human skin. Smallpox infection on the treated people in his medical district in the coming epidemics was successfully prevented, as many cowpox infected people had claimed. From his experiments until October 1977, when the last smallpox patient was found in Somalia, 181 years passed. Now, the world has been free of smallpox for 37 years. Eradication of this terrible disease is one of the greatest successes in the history of medicine.