Over 260 scientists, public health workers, historians and other professionals from 34 countries successfully closed the “Smallpox Eradication after 30 Years: Lessons, Legacies and Innovations” symposium today with a statement of recommendations to the global health community and general public.

In the statement
, participants observe that smallpox eradication removed from humanity a disease which killed an estimated 300 million individuals in the twentieth century alone. The global smallpox eradication program also led to several advancements including the expansion of national vaccination programs, use of epidemiological surveillance as a key tool in disease control, and, most significantly, great progress toward the global eradication of polio and Guinea Worm and the elimination of measles and rubella from the Americas.