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A cluster of smallpox cases.

A cluster of smallpox cases.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: smallpoxchart
Description: Smallpox was a highly contagious disease. In 1887, a young seaman returning from Lisbon fell ill with smallpox. Unwittingly, he began a chain of infection, with family members, visitors and neighbours developing the disease over the following months.
Creator: National Maritime Museum
Credit line: National Maritime Museum
National Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory GreenwichNew Opportunities Fund 
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