A highly communicable, viral disease. Symptoms are headache, vomiting and high fever preceding the eruption of a rash or pox which disfigures the skin. High mortality rate, one of the major epidemic killers before the discovery of a vaccine. Considered eradicated from the human population in 1977.
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In 1885 Montreal was the site of the last urban epidemic of smallpox in the modern world. This film asks the question what have we learned from that tragedy? Interviews feature front-line doctors, epidemiologists, journalists and senior emergency planners speculating on the lessons of history and how a contemporary pandemic could become reality. Smallpox alone has killed more people throughout history than all wars combined. Pandemics are a fact of life in our global village.