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1975 Bangladesh. Rahima Basu, last case in Bangladesh and Asia

Photo credit: WHO, Daniel Tarantola
Source: WHO Photo Library #A-011040


Rahima Banu, a 3-year-old girl from Bhola Island, was the last case of smallpox in Asia and last naturally occurring case in the world of variola major, the more virulent form of the disease. Her illness began on 16 October, approximately 3 weeks before this picture was taken. The depigmented areas of her skin are sites where lesions were present.