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Ever Wondered What This Nickel-Sized Scar On Your Upper Left Arm Means? This Is The Answer

Ever Wondered What This Nickel-Sized Scar On Your Upper Left Arm Means? This Is The Answer
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Our skin is a testimonial of all the treatments and vaccines undertaken by us. Many people carry a nickel-sized mark on the upper left arm of the body. It is a clear evidence of the successful smallpox vaccination.

But these scars are not just the evidence of our victory over smallpox. There is much more to it. Scroll down to know the harsh reality behind this scar on our body.

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It took more than 3 decades to eliminate smallpox from the world.

It took more than 3 decades to eliminate smallpox from the world.

Smallpox is a transmissible viral disease characterized by fever, weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs ultimately leaving scars on the body.

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Numerous people died due to smallpox.

Numerous people died due to smallpox.
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Many people still possess the mark of smallpox vaccine in their arms, but a very few remember the reality behind it. This scar reminds us about those suffering and the pain underwent by thousands of people at the vaccination campus.

This scar was an important measure undertaken to combat the disease.

This scar was an important measure undertaken to combat the disease.
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It also held sociopolitical significance in 1900.

US emerged as a majestic power and industrial economy at that time.

US emerged as a majestic power and industrial economy at that time.
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This scar served as a sign of "civilization" and citizenship for the world's immigrants in US.

No one was allowed to enter the country without this mark.

No one was allowed to enter the country without this mark.
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This scar was even required for admission to schools, offices and public places. Anyone who lacked this scar suffered imprisonment, shotgun quarantine, and forcible immunization.

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Health officers trusted the scars instead of vaccination certificates.

Health officers trusted the scars instead of vaccination certificates.
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The last case of smallpox was reported in Somalia.

The last case of smallpox was reported in Somalia.
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Ali Maow Maalin was the last person who got infected with smallpox in 1977. World Health Organization arranged for vaccination campaign to eradicate smallpox from the world.

Smallpox was wiped out from US in 1972.

Smallpox was wiped out from US in 1972.
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All the countries stopped routine vaccination in 1986.

The scar is due to BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccine.

The scar is due to BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccine.
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BCG vaccine is used to provide protection against human tuberculosis.

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