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c. 1972 Bangladesh. Bangladeshis return home from India

Photo credit: INRD, Sennett
Source: WHO 1988, Smallpox and Its Eradication

c. 1972

Bangladeshis infected with smallpox while living as civil-war refugees in India returned to their newly independent country, which was only recently free of smallpox. They travelled in crowded trucks and trains, and smallpox once again spread widely and rapidly across the country.