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Posted on 04/12/2002 10:30:09 AM PDT by My Identity
New smallpox terror alert
by Malcolm Withers and Patrick Hennessy
A major terrorist alert was sparked today after it emerged the Government has bought 30 million anti-smallpox vaccines, enough to protect half Britain's population from a biological attack.
Ministers have spent £32 million bolstering defences against the disease, after a review in the wake of the 11 September assault on the US pinpointed glaring deficiencies in Britain's shield against germ warfare.
Today's deal with British company Powder-Ject Pharmaceuticals will help replenish stockpiles so that, within 12 months, health chiefs will have enough vaccine to protect at least half the population - more if the doses are divided up.
Government officials rushed to make it clear that the order did not mean Britain was immediately being put on a higher state of alert against a biological attack. However, both the US and Russia have already stockpiled anti-smallpox vaccines.
There have been credible reports that Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime has acquired supplies of smallpox, as have other rogue nations, and there are fears that the al Qaeda terrorist network could also have obtained the virus.
Whitehall stuck to the line it has held since 11 September, that while all necessary precautions were being taken, there is no specific, credible threat to Britain, and no evidence of an imminent large-scale terrorist assault on the country.
A Health Department spokesman said today: "As part of the Government's continuing vigilance against international terrorism we have acquired supplies of smallpox vaccine. There is no credible threat but it is important for the Government to take all necessary steps to ensure the protection of the population."
It was being pointed out, however, that there were specific fears earlier this year that Britain did not have adequate protection against the threat of smallpox, which is more contagious and deadly than anthrax.
Smallpox has a fatality rate of 30 per cent or more when used as a biological weapon, according to US public health research. While it was effectively eradicated worldwide in 1977, it has long been feared as the most devastating of all infectious disease.
After 1977 some supplies of smallpox were held at heavily guarded laboratories in both the former Soviet Union and the US. However, it has long been suspected that samples have been smuggled out and have fallen into the hands of international terrorists.
Tony Blair has repeatedly warned of the dangers of not taking action against regimes which have the potential to develop weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological materials.
Only last weekend the issue was high on the agenda as he held talks with President George W Bush in Texas. Mr Blair's tough line on Iraq has led him into trouble with Labour MPs, who are protesting against moves to take military action.
Government officials rushed to make it clear that the order did not mean Britain was immediately being put on a higher state of alert against a biological attack
These writers must work for Reuters.
Because if terrorists were to launch a smallpox outbreak, the vaccine could mean the difference between life and death for thousands if not millions of people.
If it hit Israel, the Israelis would be much more capable of dealing with it than the Palestinians, and it just might wipe out the Palestinian population. Islamic terrorists just might score an own-goal with something like this. Of course, they can always blame it on the Mossad.
While this true, it really would not be big of a problem here in the US, Europe, or Israel at all. I would estimate the the dz would do very minimal damage to any industrialized country, even those without access to vaccine who quarantine properly. You're only infective once the fever starts, and most people at this point are in such bad shape, so quickly, they'll be at a medical facility, not at the mall spreading the virus.
Young people mainly.
Vaccinia vaccine is a highly effective immunizing agent that enabled the global eradication of smallpox. The last naturally occurring case of smallpox occurred in Somalia in 1977. In May 1980, the World Health Assembly certified that the world was free of naturally occurring smallpox (5). By the 1960s, because of vaccination programs and quarantine regulations, the risk for importation of smallpox into the United States had been reduced. As a result, recommendations for routine smallpox vaccination were rescinded in 1971 (6). In 1976, the recommendation for routine smallpox vaccination of health-care workers was also discontinued (7). In 1982, the only active licensed producer of vaccinia vaccine in the United States discontinued production for general use, and in 1983, distribution to the civilian population was discontinued (8). All military personnel continued to be vaccinated, but that practice ceased in 1990. Since January 1982, smallpox vaccination has not been required for international travelers, and International Certificates of Vaccination forms no longer include a space to record smallpox vaccination (9).
We require children to be vaccinated against chickenpox. A reversal of priorities.
1. Smallpox is rampant, having been caused intentionally.
2. There is no more smallpox.
3. There is some smallpox, but at least it wasn't caused intentionally.
If you were vaccinated as a child, and aren't too old, you should have one on your arm or your thigh. Many times girls were innoculated on their thighs so they could wear sleeveless blouses and dresses without the scar showing on their upper arm.
It's really IDIOTIC and STUPID to have dosages of vaccine sitting around, yet healthcare workers can not immunize themselves. WE ARE THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY TARGETS, but DASCHLE's DUMMIES won't let market forces rule in healthcare.
Right you are.
Here's the story of the demon in the freezer...
The smallpox vaccine has a higher complication rate and more serious complications (like death).
The US government keeps a list of nations and groups that it suspects either have clandestine stocks of smallpox or seem to be trying to buy or steal the virus. The list is classified, but it is said to include Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Serbia, terrorist organization of Osama bin Laden and, possibly, the Aum Shinrikyo sect of Japan.
Ken Alibek, who was once Kanatjan Alibekov, a leading Soviet bioweaponeer and the inventor of the world's most powerful anthrax, defected, in 1992, and revealed how far the Soviet Union had gone with bioweapons. Alibek says that there were twenty tons of liquid smallpox kept on hand at Soviet military bases.
In 1989, a Soviet biologist named Vladimir Pasechnik defected to Britain. British intelligence spent a year debriefing him. By the end, the British agents felt they had confirmed that the U.S.S.R. had biological missiles aimed at the US. This information reached President George Bush and the British PM Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher then apparently confronted the Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. She was furious, and so was Bush. Gorbachev responded by allowing a small, secret team of American and British bioweapons inspectors to tour Soviet biowarfare facilities. In January of 1991, the inspectors travelled across the U.S.S.R., getting whirlwind looks at some of the major clandestine bases of the Soviet biowarfare program, which was called Biopreparat. The inspectors were frightened by what they discovered. ("I would describe it as scary, and I feel a responsibility to tell the world medical community about what I saw, because doctors could face these diseases," said one inspector, Frank Malinoski, M.D., Ph.D.) On January 14th, the team arrived at Vector, the main virology complex, in Siberia, and the next day, they were shown into a laboratory called Building 6, where one of the inspectors, David Kelly, took a technician aside and asked him what virus they had been working with. The technician said that they had been working with smallpox. Kelly repeated the question three times. Three times, he asked the technician, "You mean you were working with Variola major?" and he emphasized to the technician that his answer was very important. The technician responded emphatically that it was Variola major [the killer strain]. Kelly says that his interpreter was the best Russian interpreter the British government has. "There was no ambiguity," Kelly says. The inspectors were stunned. Vector was not supposed to have any smallpox at all, much less be working with it -- a supreme violation of rules set down by the W.H.O.
Per Malinoski: "There were tons of smallpox virus made in the Soviet Union. The Russians admitted that to us. One of the Vector leaders when he said to us, 'Listen, we didn't account for every ampule of the virus. We had large quantities of it on hand. There were plenty of opportunities for staff members to walk away with an ampule. Although we think we know where our formerly employed scientists are, we can't account for all of them-we don't know where all of them are.' " Today, smallpox and its protocols could be anywhere in the world.
Sitting with D. A. Henderson [widely credited with the eradication of smallpox ] in his house, I mentioned what seemed to be the great and tragic paradox of his life's work. The eradication caused the human species to lose its immunity to smallpox, and that was what made it possible for the Soviets to turn smallpox into a weapon rivalling the hydrogen bomb.
Henderson responded with silence, and then said thoughtfully, "I feel very sad about this. The eradication never would have succeeded without the Russians. Viktor Zhdanov [who first raised the idea] started it, and they did so much. They were extremely proud of what they had done. I felt the virus was in good hands with the Russians. I never would have suspected. They made twenty tons -- twenty tons -- of smallpox. For us to have come so far with the disease, and now to have to deal with this human creation, when there are so many other problems in the world . . ." He was quiet again. "It's a great letdown," he said.
Immune people are like control rods in a nuclear reactor. The American population has little immunity [the vaccination begins wears off after 10 years], so it's a reactor with no control rods. We could have an uncontrolled smallpox chain reaction." This would be something that terrorism experts refer to as a "soft kill" of the United States of America.
Well, the disease is also more dangerous than chicken pox.
Side effects and adverse reactions from the smallpox vaccine range from fever to tissue necrosis and extensive lesions to encephalitis. A death rate of one per 1 million vaccinations is noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
|Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine|
Soreness or swelling where the shot was given (about 1 out of 5 children and up to 1 out of 3 adolescents and adults)
Fever (1 person out of 10, or less)
Mild rash, up to a month after vaccination (1 person out of 20, or less). It is possible for these people to infect other members of their household, but this is extremely rare.
Seizure (jerking or staring) caused by fever (less than 1 person out of 1,000).
Pneumonia (very rare)
Other serious problems, including severe brain reactions and low blood count, have been reported after chickenpox vaccination. These happen so rarely experts cannot tell whether they are caused by the vaccine or not. If they are, it is extremely rare.
From Demon in the Freezer
...Smallpox is explosively contagious, and it travels through the air. Virus particles in the mouth become airborne when the host talks. If you inhale a single particle of smallpox, you can come down with the disease. After you've been infected, there is a typical incubation period of ten days. During that time, you feel normal. Then the illness hits with a spike of fever, a backache, and vomiting, and a bit later tiny red spots appear all over the body. The spots turn into blisters, called pustules, and the pustules enlarge, filling with pressurized opalescent pus. The eruption of pustules is sometimes called the splitting of the dermis. The skin doesn't break, but splits horizontally, tearing away from its underlayers. The pustules become hard, bloated sacs the size of peas, encasing the body with pus, and the skin resembles a cobbled stone street.
The pain of the splitting is extraordinary. People lose the ability to speak, and their eyes can squeeze shut with pustules, but they remain alert. Death comes with a breathing arrest or a heart attack or shock or an immune-system storm, though exactly how smallpox kills a person is not known. There are many mysteries about the smallpox virus. Since the seventeenth century, doctors have understood that if the pustules merge into sheets across the body the victim will usually die: the virus has split the whole skin. If the victim survives, the pustules turn into scabs and fall off, leaving scars. This is known as ordinary smallpox.
Some people develop extreme smallpox, which is loosely called black pox. Doctors separate black pox into two forms -- flat smallpox and hemorrhagic smallpox. In a case of flat smallpox, the skin remains smooth and doesn't pustulate, but it darkens until it looks charred, and it can slip off the body in sheets. In hemorrhagic smallpox, black, unclotted blood oozes or runs from the mouth and other body orifices. Black pox is close to a hundred per cent fatal. If any sign of it appears in the body, the victim will almost certainly die. In the bloody cases, the virus destroys the linings of the throat, the stomach, the intestines, the rectum, and the vagina, and these membranes disintegrate. Fatal smallpox can destroy the body's entire skin -- both the exterior skin and the interior skin that lines the passages of the body.
Smallpox virus's scientific name is variola. It means "spotted" in Latin, and it was given to the disease by a medieval bishop. The virus, as a life form, comes in two subspecies: Variola minor and Variola major. Minor is a weak mutant, and was first described in 1863 by doctors in Jamaica. People usually survive it. Classic major kills one out of three people if they haven't been vaccinated or if they've lost their immunity. The death rate with major can go higher -- how much higher no one knows. Variola major killed half of its victims in an outbreak in Canada in 1924, and presumably many of them developed black pox. Smallpox is less contagious than measles but more contagious than mumps. It tends to go around until it has infected nearly everyone.
Most people today have no immunity to smallpox. The vaccine begins to wear off in many people after ten years. Mass vaccination for smallpox came to a worldwide halt around twenty-five years ago. There is now very little smallpox vaccine on hand in the United States or anywhere else in the world. The World Health Organization once had ten million doses of the vaccine in storage in Geneva, Switzerland, but in 1990 an advisory committee recommended that most of it be destroyed, feeling that smallpox was longer a threat. Nine and a half million doses are assumed to have been cooked in an oven, leaving the W.H.O. with a total supply of half a million doses -- one dose of smallpox vaccine for every twelve thousand people on earth. A recent survey by the W.H.O. revealed that there is only one factory in the world that has recently made even a small quantity of the vaccine, and there may be no factory capable of making sizable amounts. The vaccine was discovered in the age of Thomas Jefferson, and making a lot of it would seem simple, but so far the United States government has been unable to get any made at all. Variola virus is now classified as a Biosafety Level 4 hot agent -- the most dangerous kind of virus -- because it is lethal, airborne, and highly contagious, and is now exotic to the human species, and there is not enough vaccine to stop an outbreak. Experts feel that the appearance of a single case of smallpox anywhere on earth would be a global medical emergency...
"Modeling Potential Responses to Smallpox as a Bioterrorist Weapon" (see Table 1 if you like creepy statistics)
In the first place the ONLY host for Smallpox is human beings. Smallpox was never eradicated, and there are carriers "out there" now, who even without any terrorist activity will eventually cause another outbreak of Smallpox, - it's inevitable.
The last outbreak in Eastern Europe just a few years ago (AFTER it had been declared eradicated) was in a man who had recently been re-vaccinated for Smallpox. Within weeks, everyone in the country had contracted the illness, and this is a country that routinely vaccinates for Smallpox and most people had been vaccinated at least 10 times. QUARANTINE and NOT VACCINE is what contained the disease and saved the people.
QUARANTINE is the best way to prevent getting the disease, unless you know of some way to get cowpox scrapings (which would confer immunity), but if you do you're one up on those of us who've been investigating this for months now.
The important things to remember are that humans are THE ONLY host for Smallpox, ergo in never was eradicated, since it has resurfaced in at least two places that we know of in the last few years.
Another thing to remember, is that the FEAR of this dis-ease is at least as dangerous as the disease itself. There are many things one can do to avoid contamination and there are many steps one can take to ensure survival if contamination does occur. They are not hard to find, they are all over the net, just do your homework.
The FEAR of SP is also a fantastic tool for TPTB to control the masses. Security (as in agree to whatever TPTB wants) for freedom from that fear would not be difficult to achieve if a REAL threat were perceived.
Just some things to think about.
In the love and peace of Christ, - Jesse.
LOL--yeah, just take my advice: stand clear of the rear, or you'll be sorry...
And it also occurs to me that the Powers certainly have a convenient method of pushing through legislation which requires compliance with health organizations in times of epidemic--necessary, I admit, but oh-so easy to abuse given the right inclination and capability.