Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980 following a global immunisation campaign led by the World Health Organization, with the last known natural case reported in Somalia in 1977. It was one of the most devastating diseases known to humanity. The last known case in the world, in September 1978, resulted from a laboratory accident in Birmingham, England.
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