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The North Carolina Accident


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In 1821, Dr. James Smith, Vaccine Agent for the U.S. government, accidentally introduced smallpox to Edgecombe County, killing ten people. Smith accidentally sent the live virus instead of the vaccine to doctors in the area, leading to the repeal of a national vaccine law of 1813 that had permitted the vaccine to come to the county.
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