By this date 50 years ago, 12 women patients from Glanrhyd Hospital near Bridgend had died of smallpox – in the third phase of the outbreak in Wales. Continue reading
Fifty years ago today, the South Wales Echo reported that Dr Jim Thomas returned home after 93 days in the isolation hospital at Penrhys in Rhondda. Continue reading
Fifty years ago, the death toll in the Bridgend smallpox outbreak rose to nine with the death of two more patients from Glanrhyd Hospital. The use of an experimental drug was not proving effective in all cases. Continue reading
Fifty years ago today, a third patient at Glanrhyd Hospital near Bridgend died of smallpox. The new outbreak in the mental hospital had the authorities worried – they did not know how the disease had got into Glanrhyd. The South Wales Echo headline that day read ‘Big search for smallpox carrier’. Continue reading
Fifty years ago, eight women who were patients at Glanrhyd Hospital near Bridgend in south Wales were diagnosed with smallpox. The outbreak, which looked as though it was over, entered a new phase. That night, the first patient died. Continue reading
Catch up with the Wales This Week programme which reported on the Smallpox1962 project and told the story of the outbreak in Cardiff and the valleys 50 years ago.
Fifty years ago today, medical officers in the South Wales Valleys were due to give the ‘all-clear’ which would mean that the smallpox outbreak – which began in Cardiff in January – was over. But documents in the National Archives show that their bosses were unhappy about the decision. And only days later, a new outbreak in the Bridgend area would show that the local authorities’ optimism was misplaced. Continue reading