Medicine: Smallpox Epidemic

A G.I. with ribbons on his chest had come back from Japan to Seattle. He brought smallpox with him. Result: the city's worst epidemic of the "Red Death" in years.*

Last week police were called out to control men & women who fought to queue up in immunization lines. Public vaccina tion centers were set up in schools, colleges, industrial plants and even firehouses. At week's end, five people had died, 24 more had the disease, three other "possibles" were closely watched.

San Francisco had eight cases but no deaths. When smallpox was reported...

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