Smallpox in Glasgow, 1900â1902y J. C. McVail Reviewed by P. P. Mortimer* Central Public Health Laboratory, Colindale, London NW9 5HT, UK P A P E R INTRODUCTION âAs in Egypt long ago the angel of death passed by the houses of the Israelites whose lintels and door-posts were sprinkled with blood; so in Glasgow smallpox passed by those who had recently submitted to what antivaccinationists sneer at as the rite of vaccination. Wealth or poverty, cleanliness or dirt, drunkenness or total abstinence, youth or age made no difference to the Recently Revaccinated so far as smallpox was concerned. They remained immune right from the beginning of the epidemic to the endâ. The last epidemic of smallpox (variola major) in Britain happened a hundred years ago. It ï¬rst appeared in London and in Scotland in the winter of 1900â01, and it spread to other towns and cities, including Liverpool as recently reviewed . It eventually petered out in 1905. After London, the worst affected city was Glasgow. Some 2500 cases of smallpox occurred there between January 1901 and May 1902, with some remission in the summer and autumn. This prolonged outbreak in what was the second city in Britain
Reviews in Medical Virology – Wiley
Published: Sep 1, 2002
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