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1975 Bangladesh. Distribution of reward money

Photo credit: SEARO, TS Satyan
Source: CDC PHIL #7713, #7720


Rewards for reporting confirmed cases of smallpox were distributed at a public ceremony.

Top: A man receives the 250-taka reward. The initial reward was 50 takas, but as cases became fewer and the search intensified, it was raised to 250 takas, and then to 500 takas.

Bottom: Eight-year-old Bilkisunnessa reported the last known naturally-occurring smallpox case in the world. The patient was a 3-year-old girl named Rahima Banu, on Bhola Island.

WHO field officer Mike Santarelli is at the end of table.