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Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Dies
Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Dies
J. Michael Lane was the director of the CDC’s successful program to eradicate smallpox.
Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Dies
Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Dies

J. Michael Lane was the director of the CDC’s successful program to eradicate smallpox.

J. Michael Lane was the director of the CDC’s successful program to eradicate smallpox.

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In rare instances, the live virus in oral polio vaccines can mutate and become infectious, causing new outbreaks.
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Prior to last week’s announcement of newly confirmed cases, the country had been polio-free for two years.
Updating the Polio Vaccine
Jef Akst | Jan 4, 2016 | 2 min read
Researchers develop new attenuated viruses that could support the eradication effort.
Toward Eliminating Poliovirus—In the Lab
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Driven to Extinction
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The eradication of smallpox set the standard for the global elimination of a devastating infectious disease. Will the ongoing polio and guinea worm campaigns be as successful?
For Polio, Two Vaccines Work Better Than One
Ashley P. Taylor | Aug 21, 2014 | 4 min read
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Syphilis: Then and Now
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Researchers are zeroing in on the origin of syphilis and related diseases, which continue to plague the human population some 500 years after the first documented case.
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