How Rahima came to hold a special place in smallpox history — and help ensure its end

Rahima Banu, pictured with her mother in Bangladesh in 1975, is recorded as having the last known naturally-occurring case of the deadly form of smallpox.

Scientists went to extraordinary lengths to eradicate smallpox from the world. Rahima Banu is now recorded as having the last known naturally-occurring case of the deadly form.

(Image credit: Daniel Tarantola/WHO)

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