Smallpox epidemic in Zurich 100 years ago

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Fright of the epidemic captured in wax

Smallpox has been eradicated thanks to worldwide vaccination programmes. 100 years ago, Zurich was hit by the last epidemic- with numerous people falling ill and strict countermeasures such as isolation and quarantine.

In an exhibition in collaboration with the Museum of Wax Moulages, the Main Library – Medicine Careum shows lifelike wax moulages from the last Zurich smallpox epidemic, as well as other objects on the history of smallpox and smallpox vaccination.

Duration of the exhibition: 22 February to 31 December 2021
Location: Main Library – Medicine Careum, entrance area

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