Bangladesh, grandmother carrying baby with smallpox, 1975

5 Reasons We Need A Treatment for Smallpox

It’s big news. Check the New England Journal of Medicine, ScienceNews, NYTimes, Forbes, Huff Post—you name it. This is huge. The FDA has approved the first-ever drug to treat variola (smallpox). But why? (Read to the end to  5 possible reasons.) Scientists in and out of the military started smallpox #biodefense research right after 9/11.…

World Health Organization smallpox eradication medallion,

38 Years Ago Today Smallpox Declared Eradicated

Today, May 8, 2018 is the 38th anniversary of the World Health Organization's proclamation of a smallpox-free world. The photo above is the commemorative medallion presented to my husband for his part in eradicating that terrifying scourge. I'm posting this brief note before my next regular post just to mark that moment in time. An…

Close-up Look at Smallpox in my Memoir

How can you picture the horrors of smallpox? It’s more hideous than I’d ever imagined before moving to Africa. In The End of a Global Pox: America and the Eradication of Smallpox in the Cold War Era, Bob H. Reinhardt referred to the heroes who risked their safety and sanity in pursuit of the goal…