UK Daily Mail
A 135-year-old smallpox scab caused a health scare after government scientists feared the skin may still be highly infectious.
The scab, found in the Virginia Historical society archives, was originally used to vaccinate people against the deadly virus.
A concerned scientist contacted the Centrer for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who dispatched two agents to isolate and retrieve the scab, bringing it back to their high security Atlanta head quarters.
The artefact was uncovered after historians at the society began to assemble exhibits for their ‘Bizzare Bits’ show.
Buried among other peculiar historical pieces was a faded letter, with the small skin sample inside.
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