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A Cow and a Needle and the End of Smallpox

A Cow and a Needle and the End of Smallpox

2013-2014 USC Global Health Lecture Series

  • Date:
    Monday, October 21, 2013
  • Time:
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Campus:
    Health Sciences Campus
  • Cost:
    free
  • Phone:
    (323) 865-0419

Summary:

Please join us as we host Dr. D.A. Henderson, the lead epidemiologist in the World Health Organization’s campaign to wipe out smallpox—the only infectious disease in history to be successfully eradicated. 

Description:

More people died of smallpox during the 20th century than in all that century’s wars. But in 10 years, deaths decreased from 20 million to zero. The key proved to be the simplest of technologies—a cow and a needle—and dedicated staff from more than 70 countries. United States and Soviet Union staff worked in total accord throughout the darkest days of the Cold War. But what of other challenges? Join us for this special opportunity to sit down with one of the nation’s preeminent scientists, Dr. D.A. Henderson, the epidemiologist who led the World Health Organization’s campaign to wipe out smallpox—the only infectious disease in history to be successfully eradicated. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at the link below. In addition, join the Global Health Book Club in reading Dr. Henderson's book, Smallpox: The Death of a Disease, in this month's #ghbookclub #HendersonUSC discussion on Twitter.