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Encyclopedia > North American smallpox epidemic

Between 1775 and 1782, a smallpox epidemic raged across much of North America. Among the places it showed itself: Smallpox (also known by the Latin names Variola or Variola vera) is a highly contagious disease unique to humans. ... An epidemic is generally a widespread disease that affects many individuals in a population. ...

The Siege of Boston (April 19, 1775 - March 17, 1776) was the opening phase of the active American Revolutionary War. ... The Arnold Expedition refers to the eastern invasion of Canada in 1775 by forces of the Continental Army led by Benedict Arnold. ... The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war fought primarily between Great Britain and revolutionaries within thirteen of her North American colonies. ... Events The term Thoroughbred was first used in the United States in an advertisement in a Kentucky gazette to describe a New Jersey stallion called Pilgarlick . ... Events The Iron Bridge is completed across the Severn river in Shropshire; the first all cast-iron bridge ever constructed. ... The Zia symbol is on the New Mexico state flag. ... Events January 16 - Sweden, and Russia. ... The Plains Indians were a group of tribes who lived in a region of North America called The Great Plains. ... The Hudsons Bay Company building in Montreal The Hudsons Bay Company (HBC) is the oldest corporation in Canada and is one of the oldest in the world still in existence. ... Events January 7 - The first American commercial bank opens (Bank of North America). ...

Further Reading

  • Elizabeth A. Fenn: Pox Americana: the Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82, Hill and Wang, New York, 2001

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U.S. Set to Retain Smallpox Stocks (1136 words)
Administration officials said the remaining American smallpox samples, which are stored at a laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, should not be destroyed until the nation develops at least two licensed antiviral drugs, a vaccine that can be taken by the entire population, and other defensive measures.
The eradication of smallpox as a disease is considered one of medicine's greatest triumphs and experts said the Bush administration's decision is likely to anger many doctors and scientists, particularly those in developing nations ravaged by the disease only a quarter of a century ago.
Russia has vigorously argued that there are clandestine stocks of smallpox virus throughout the world and that retaining the virus could speed the development of new drugs to fight a possible outbreak, whether because of terrorism or other factors.
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