Eradicated vs. eliminated: What's the difference?

Eradicated is when a diseased is wiped off the face of the planet. Eliminated is when a disease stops spreading in a certain region. The World Health Organization announced smallpox was eradicated on May 8, 1980.
Published: 7:22 AM EDT May 8, 2019
Updated: 7:22 AM EDT May 8, 2019