TIL about Janet Parker, the last person to die of smallpox in 1978. She worked above one of the last labs in its last months of permission to study the virus. The day Janet’s viral strain was confirmed, Henry Bedson, the doctor in charge of the lab, took his own life.

Read more: https://whyy.org/segments/the-tragic-case-of-smallpoxs-final-victim/

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