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Smallpox Epidemic Rapidly Spreading In Pakistan Province
Dawn.com ^ | 6/9/2002 | Muqaddam Khan

Posted on 06/09/2002 1:29:09 PM PDT by ex-Texan

Smallpox Epidemic Rapidly Spreading In Pakistan Province

By Muqaddam Khan

SWABI, Pakistan - The smallpox epidemic is rapidly spreading in these parts of the province, but the district health department has failed to take any step to contain this deadly disease, Dawn learnt here on Saturday.

It has been reported from different parts of the Swabi district that a large number of children have suffered from smallpox, but the authorities concerned have failed to take any action to prevent this disease or immunize the people against it.

Smallpox is a fatal disease which causes high fever, leaves permanent marks on the skin and spreads very fast. Timely treatment and precautionary measures are vital for controlling this malady.

A health official said that the dilemma of the people was that they were not aware of the danger aspects of this ailment as the children suffering from it have neither been kept in isolation nor properly treated. And this resulted in the spread of the virus.

In most of the cases, the children of a family or those living close to each other, contract it at one and the same time.

The residents of Naro Banda, a rural area in the district, told this correspondent that a majority of the children in the village had suffered from smallpox a few years back. "My two brothers, Shams and Akhtar, have been afflicted by smallpox and I have appealed to the officials concerned, but they did not bother either to visit the area or take steps for controlling it," said Mukhtaj Ahmad of Naro Banda.

The mother of a sick child said she had informed the lady health workers about the spread of the disease four days ago, but no action was taken.

It was also noticed that most of the parents of the sick children were uneducated. They had either approached the quack living nearby, or the self-made homeopath doctors to treat the children, but no visible improvement could be seen in the health of the children.

If the district health department delayed taking steps for containing the disease, the epidemic may spread to other areas in the vicinity, or the whole of the district, for that matter.

The suffering people have appealed to the NWFP governor, district government bosses and health officials to send in special teams to extend necessary health cover to the children


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1 posted on 06/09/2002 1:29:09 PM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: ex-Texan
Smallpox has been eradicated, so this must be something else. If it truly was smallpox, this would be front page headlines around the entire world.

Hmmmmm....

2 posted on 06/09/2002 1:32:08 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: ex-Texan
"He oughta be easy to find, he leaves a trail of dead people wherever he goes."
3 posted on 06/09/2002 1:33:05 PM PDT by freedomson
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To: ex-Texan,cajungirl
It's not smallpox. The last case was seen in 1980.
It's something similar. This would be huge news.
4 posted on 06/09/2002 1:34:24 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: ex-Texan
IslamoBS
5 posted on 06/09/2002 1:37:54 PM PDT by friendly
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To: freedomson
"He oughta be easy to find, he leaves a trail of dead people wherever he goes."

Please specify who you are talking about; Bin Laden, Arafat, Bubba, or Reno.

6 posted on 06/09/2002 1:38:28 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Dog Gone
I'd expect CDC to know about this by now if it is real and to have their international cohorts to the scene shortly.

And if it is real, then there's some "splain'in to do, Lucy."

The upside would be, at least we'd have a clue as to the genetic disposition of the smallpox the enemy has.

7 posted on 06/09/2002 1:38:45 PM PDT by Endeavor
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To: Endeavor
I'm guessing that it's chicken pox. The story keeps referring to kids.
8 posted on 06/09/2002 1:40:16 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Black Agnes
ping
9 posted on 06/09/2002 1:41:03 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Dog Gone
If it was smallpox it had to come from one of two sources: CDC (US) or Biopreparat (Russia on an island in the Aral Sea belonging to either Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan). Considering the standing or organized crime in Russia, I don't think this an unlikely development.
10 posted on 06/09/2002 1:41:05 PM PDT by Carry_Okie
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To: ex-Texan
Is this a fake? I do not see the article on Dawn.com; do you have an accurate URL?
11 posted on 06/09/2002 1:41:33 PM PDT by mvonfr
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To: Dog Gone
Smallpox has been eradicated...

Except for cultures thought to be secured in Russia, North Korea, and places in the US where we keep other such things like Anthrax secured!

12 posted on 06/09/2002 1:42:50 PM PDT by OReilly
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To: Endeavor
Maybe one reason for a smallpox outbreak is that there are several universities attracting foreign students in Swabi? Maybe the epidemic is really snallpox .... The Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology is said to be one of the best engineering schools in Pakistan.

Just my personal opinion.

13 posted on 06/09/2002 1:43:12 PM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: mvonfr
Try this link.
14 posted on 06/09/2002 1:44:40 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: ex-Texan
Smallpox my butt.
15 posted on 06/09/2002 1:44:49 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Dog Gone
Thank you very much!
16 posted on 06/09/2002 1:45:13 PM PDT by mvonfr
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To: Dog Gone
Could be, but the article go on to describe the fatality rate of smallpox. It would be helpful to get an accurate report of clinical symptoms, number of deaths, etc.
17 posted on 06/09/2002 1:45:24 PM PDT by Endeavor
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To: mvonfr
Direct Link:

Dawn.com Report on Swabi Smallpox Epidemic

18 posted on 06/09/2002 1:46:38 PM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: OReilly
The residents of Naro Banda, a rural area in the district, told this correspondent that a majority of the children in the village had suffered from smallpox a few years back.

It HAS to be chickenpox, not smallpox.

19 posted on 06/09/2002 1:47:02 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: OReilly
where we keep other such things like Anthrax secured!

Anthrax is neither secured nor securable. It is endemic in many rural areas. It occasionally kills livestock, and more rarely people.

20 posted on 06/09/2002 1:48:25 PM PDT by Lessismore
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To: Carry_Okie
If it was smallpox it had to come from one of two sources: CDC (US) or Biopreparat (Russia on an island in the Aral Sea belonging to either Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan). Considering the standing or organized crime in Russia, I don't think this an unlikely development.

Nor does the US Government, it would appear...

60 Minutes: Iraq Has Smallpox (thread 1)

60 Minutes: Iraq Has Smallpox (thread 2)
The sources were Iraqi defectors, IIRC, who claim that the smallpox virus was procured from sources in the bioweapons program in the former Soviet Union.

Other links of interest...

HHS Set to Order Smallpox Vaccine for All Americans

U.S. Sets Up Plan to Fight Smallpox

U.S. to Buy 155M Smallpox Vaccines

Others Follow U.S. on Smallpox Vaccine

(British) Bio-defense requires smallpox vaccine

Smallpox experiment goes well, U.S. expert says

New smallpox terror alert

CDC starts to fight smallpox as weapon

SMALLPOX VACCINATIONS CONSIDERED FOR ENTIRE U.S.

And Now, the Good News about Smallpox

Since last October, the CDC's smallpox vaccination program has been in high gear, with the goal of stockpiling enough vaccine for every man, woman, and child in America.




21 posted on 06/09/2002 1:48:36 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: ex-Texan
Dawn is naturally prejudiced in the usual ways, but it's also usually a reasonably reliable Islamic newssheet, as far as these things go. It could be a mistranslation. It could be a mistake. It could be a Pakistani urban legend. But I trust someone is checking it out, because if true it would indeed be a huge story.

It is suspected that Russia, China, and possibly Iraq have access to smallpox. And if they do, it could certainly have spread. I can't imagine that the Chinese would be stupid enough to give their Pakistani friends smallpox bacillae. But they gave them nuclear warheads and missiles to deliver them, so anything is possible. Also there are a lot of former Russian germ warfare scientists who are at loose ends and might be bought with Arab money. The U.S. has tried to keep them employed, but there are always loose ends.

22 posted on 06/09/2002 1:49:35 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: Dog Gone
Yep. Or cowpox - that's the variant the milkmaids got and where Jenner got the idea to use scrapings of cowpox to formulate his smallpox vaccine.
23 posted on 06/09/2002 1:49:47 PM PDT by Endeavor
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To: Dog Gone
this would be front page headlines around the entire world.

Because there would be many deaths. Headlines would not read "Smallpox Spreading..." but rather "Smallpox deaths kills hundreds...." Chickenpox is pretty scary in a medically isolated population.

24 posted on 06/09/2002 1:51:15 PM PDT by arthurus
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To: mvonfr
Correct. It ain't on Dawn.com. What's the deal?
25 posted on 06/09/2002 1:51:24 PM PDT by Burr5
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To: ex-Texan
Smallpox, chickenpox........whatever. The real tragedy here is that these people are not represented by any government at all. Mushareff and his ilk are spending everything on nuclear arms, while the people still live in the twelfth century. With all the money squandered by this "government," there should BE no epidemics. It just proves that they're simply not evolved enough to have nuclear capabilities.

Thought you had a dreaded project to work on.......playin' hooky??? <{;o)

26 posted on 06/09/2002 1:51:44 PM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: ex-Texan
Sometimes the most startling things start out as short reports by a local reporter......

But I doubt that this guy knows what he's talking about.

27 posted on 06/09/2002 1:51:47 PM PDT by Politically Correct
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To: ex-Texan
Interesting post. I read somewhere that even one CONFIRMED case of smallpox would be evidence of bioterrorism. Hope developements are in the news, regarding this.
28 posted on 06/09/2002 1:52:04 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Dog Gone
It HAS to be chickenpox, not smallpox.

Agreed.

Notice also that no fatalities are mentioned.




29 posted on 06/09/2002 1:52:48 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Dog Gone
If it truly was smallpox, this would be front page headlines around the entire world.

I seem to remember the first case of Anthrax here in this country the health officials and media tried to pass it off as the editors' trip into the woods.

This is probably Chicken Pox, but I have to say the health authorities would probably try to down play any real Smallpox outbreak.

30 posted on 06/09/2002 1:53:46 PM PDT by abner
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To: ex-Texan
OK. Nevermind. Thanks for the direct link. I can't believe they'd bury this in the "Local" section, and I hadn't checked there.
31 posted on 06/09/2002 1:54:22 PM PDT by Burr5
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To: Dog Gone
It HAS to be chickenpox, not smallpox.

I would agree that the world media and the health organizations all around the world should be indicted for stupidity if it really is, but I would not rule it out, after what we have learned about our supposed almighty powers that are responsible for our safety.

32 posted on 06/09/2002 1:54:43 PM PDT by OReilly
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To: Burr5;ex-Texan
See post 18; thanks ex-Texan
33 posted on 06/09/2002 1:55:06 PM PDT by mvonfr
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To: Dog Gone
Smallpox used to be a childhood disease because everyone born earlier was either immune from surviving it or had died from it. It probably last occurred there 30 years ago. Everyone born since would be susceptible, i.e. not just children would be affected by smallpox now. It probably is the historically most common misdiagnosis, chickenpox.
34 posted on 06/09/2002 1:56:03 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer
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To: Sabertooth
Well, at least we are going to fingerprint the 8,500 Middle Easterns that we allow into our country on visas every single month.
35 posted on 06/09/2002 1:58:28 PM PDT by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Joe Hadenuf
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/697237/posts

Monkeypox today

36 posted on 06/09/2002 2:00:58 PM PDT by colgin
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To: Dog Gone
The residents of Naro Banda, a rural area in the district, told this correspondent that a majority of the children in the village had suffered from smallpox a few years back. "My two brothers, Shams and Akhtar, have been afflicted by smallpox and I have appealed to the officials concerned, but they did not bother either to visit the area or take steps for controlling it," said Mukhtaj Ahmad of Naro Banda.

Yeah, duh, and this smallpox incident "a few years back" involving a MAJORITY of the children would have made headlines also.

That's all they have been talking about in regard to the shortage of syrum(sp); the fact that the disease had been TOTALLY IRADICATED a long time ago.

THIS is outrageous and scary. Fortunate timing that we finally have Homeland Security well in place and ready perhaps to send a HAZMAT TIPS information sheet to the citizens, like they issue to the military, for their safety.

< /sarcasm


37 posted on 06/09/2002 2:01:10 PM PDT by madfly
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To: EggsAckley
I decided to take a run over to site where I often pick up breaking news and got stopped in my tracks.

That project is so terrible I keep putting it off and putting it off and now I'm embarassed.

38 posted on 06/09/2002 2:02:11 PM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: Sabertooth
Notice also that no fatalities are mentioned.

Children die so frequently in these countries that it isn't considered worth mentioning.
Usually from gastrointestinal diseases like cholera.

I wouldn't use that to discredit the report.
It's still unlikely to be smallpox....but.....

39 posted on 06/09/2002 2:02:24 PM PDT by Politically Correct
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To: Lessismore
I, clearly, was referring to the weaponized Anthrax that was supposed to be secured. The stuff that they are now doing Lie Detector tests on a thousand Fort Deitrick personal to find out how it could have become unsecured. By that argument, neither is Smallpox secured or securable.
40 posted on 06/09/2002 2:03:30 PM PDT by OReilly
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To: ex-Texan
Perfect opportunity for the US to show her compassion and take care of it 1, 2, 3. That would work wonders. Mr. President, let's roll!
41 posted on 06/09/2002 2:04:28 PM PDT by a_Turk
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To: Politically Correct
If this were small pox there would be deaths. I suspect chicken or cow pox. If it is coxpox these kids are now immune to chicken pox unlike us.
42 posted on 06/09/2002 2:04:46 PM PDT by cajungirl
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To: Carry_Okie
Yikes.
43 posted on 06/09/2002 2:04:47 PM PDT by madfly
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To: colgin
Both camelpox and monkeypox may be used for biowar:

News Report Here

I just cannot imagine those Pali's have close contact with monkeys but camels are another story. Did you people hear the one about the French Foreign Legion Captain and his camel .... You need a stool for that joke. Heheeehehee.

44 posted on 06/09/2002 2:09:50 PM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: abner
I seem to remember the first case of Anthrax here in this country the health officials and media tried to pass it off as the editors' trip into the woods.

True, and I don't want to get off a tangent here, but anthrax is present in the US and we have had very rare cases where people contracted the disease. The authorities were trying to make the point that one case did not prove a terrorist attack.

Turns out they were wrong.

I suspect here that the Pakistanis don't call this disease by the same word we do. Otherwise this story would be talking about whole villages wiped out, or at least 50% mortality rate among all ages.

45 posted on 06/09/2002 2:11:26 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: ex-Texan,cajungirl
I sent the link to the CDC. It's not on their urban legend page yet. I'll post here if they reply to my email addy.
46 posted on 06/09/2002 2:11:59 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: ex-Texan
The latest Science has an interesting article suggesting that a smallpox attack would be less catastrophic and more easily contained that we might imagine.

Personally, I think the threat of a smallpox attack is over-rated, for a variety of reasons. We need to prepare for it, no question, but I suspect that the word "smallpox" is being used like "nerve gas" or "dirty nukes" as a codeword for anthrax. Keeps people on their toes, but makes the threat nice and hypothetical so people don't connect the dots. Wouldn't be good for morale if people grasp clearly that we are in a standoff with the Iraqi strongman.

47 posted on 06/09/2002 2:12:48 PM PDT by The Great Satan
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To: ex-Texan; keri; Nogbad; BlackVeil
Chickenpox? Monkeypox? False reports may turn out to be a major problem in the event of another biowarfare attack. (Remember all the "hoax" anthrax letters? Disinformation and misinformation can be part of an enemy's strategy.)
48 posted on 06/09/2002 2:13:17 PM PDT by Mitchell
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To: ex-Texan
OMG! That old joke did it! Now I remember you from HS. Hehehehehe.
49 posted on 06/09/2002 2:14:34 PM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: cajungirl
If it is coxpox these kids are now immune to chicken pox unlike us.

No, exposure to cowpox begets resistance or immunity to smallpox, not chicken pox. Chicken pox is not a true pox at all, but a herpes virus.




50 posted on 06/09/2002 2:15:02 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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