The battle for smallpox was fought and won in the field, as demonstrated by these two smallpox field workers as they walked through water and mud. The worker wearing a white hat, is carrying the 'Smallpox Zero Bag', made out of jute, a plant fiber from the East Indian plant Corchorus olitorius, which carried the example pictures of smallpox cases, the bifurcated needles, and the smallpox vaccine.This image was part of a series provided by Dr. Stan Foster, and captured by Pierre Claquin, M.D., B.A.C., who at the time was a member of the World Health Organization's Smallpox Eradication Program. It was one of a series entitled 'The Story of One Smallpox Jeep', which depicted the travails faced by the jeep, and its occupants of public health practitioners, as they road through the Bangladesh countryside in an attempt to eradicate smallpox from the country.
CDC/ World Health Organization; Stanley O. Foster M.D., M.P.H.
November 2, 2012