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  • C.D.C. Closes Anthrax and Flu Labs After Accidents

    07/11/2014 10:39:33 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 11, 2014 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    After back-to-back potentially serious laboratory accidents, federal health officials announced on Friday that they had closed the flu and anthrax laboratories of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and have halted shipments of all infectious agents from the agency’s highest-security labs. The accidents, and the C.D.C.'s emphatic response to them, could have important implications for other laboratories around the world engaged in research into dangerous viruses and bacteria. If the C.D.C — which the agency’s director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, called “the reference laboratory to the world” — had multiple accidents that could have, in theory, killed not just laboratory...
  • Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

    07/08/2014 11:39:19 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    ATLANTA (AP) — A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box. The six glass vials of freeze-dried virus were intact and sealed with melted glass, and the virus MIGHT have been dead, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
  • Vials of Smallpox Virus Found in Unapproved Maryland Lab

    07/08/2014 10:35:48 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 8, 2014 | SYDNEY LUPKIN
    The National Institutes of Health announced today that vials of the virus that causes smallpox were found in a laboratory on its Bethesda, Maryland, campus, which was unequipped and unapproved to handle the deadly pathogen. Because it’s so infectious, the smallpox virus is considered a bioterrorism threat and is only permitted in two labs in the world: One at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Atlanta headquarters and another at the VECTOR Institute in Russia. The newly discovered vials violate an international agreement reached in 1979 aimed at keeping the virus eradicated while allowing some scientists to continue...
  • Wary of Attack With Smallpox, U.S. Buys Up a Costly Drug

    03/13/2013 2:44:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 12, 2013 | Donald G. McNeil Jr.
    The United States government is buying enough of a new smallpox medicine to treat two million people in the event of a bioterrorism attack, and took delivery of the first shipment of it last week. But the purchase has set off a debate about the lucrative contract, with some experts saying the government is buying too much of the drug at too high a price. A small company, Siga Technologies, developed the drug in recent years. Whether the $463 million order is a boondoggle or a bargain depends on which expert is talking. The deal will transform the finances of...
  • Godzilla Versus Mothra (Could a Smallpox shot kill Cancer?)

    03/04/2013 10:02:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03/04/2013 | Kent Sepkowitz
    Medical research typically is a cautious, restrained affair—but every once in a while, scientists try out a radical idea. Take this one for example: injecting a live virus into someone with cancer on the off chance that the virus might go ahead and kill some cancer cells. Nuts? Actually this approach, called viral oncolysis, has been around since at least the 1950s, when West Nile virus, thought harmless at the time, was injected into people with an array of advanced and seemingly hopeless cancers. Some got a little better, some a little worse, but the approach fell away, eclipsed by...
  • World's most mysterious buildings

    10/11/2012 5:03:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Yahoo! Travel ^ | Thursday, October 4, 2012 | Adam H. Graham
    Mysteries come in many forms: ancient, modern, unsolved, and unexplained. But the world's most mysterious buildings are a physical force to be reckoned with. They've become popularized on websites full of user-generated and editor-curated like Abandoned-places.com, weburbanist.com, and AtlasObscura.com, an exhaustive database of the unusual. "In an age where it sometimes seems like there's nothing left to discover, our site is for people who still believe in exploration," says AtlasObscura.com cofounder Joshua Foer. Our definition of mysterious is broad and varied. Some buildings on our list are being eaten alive by the earth, such as a lava-buried church in the...
  • Just another Bam scandal [No bid contract for Dem fundraiser and SEIU union official]

    12/10/2011 8:05:41 AM PST · by Brilliant · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 6, 2011 | NY Post
    <p>Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has officially called on the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general to investigate a suspicious $433 million no-bid contract for a dubious smallpox vaccine.</p> <p>Frankly, just about everything connected with this one smells.</p> <p>The contract was awarded to Siga Technologies, a New York-based company whose principal investor is megabillionaire — and key Democratic moneyman — Ron Perelman.</p>
  • Malkin: Obama's Half-Billion-Dollar Crony Drug Deal

    11/16/2011 12:10:47 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 14 replies
    GOPUSA.com ^ | November 16, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    What do you get when you mix Democratic fat-cat donations, Big Labor favors, pharmaceutical lobbying and Beltway business as usual? Answer: another toxic half-billion-dollar Barack Obama-approved crony deal. Move over, Solyndra. Here comes Siga-Gate. This latest Chicago-style payoff on your dime involves a dubious smallpox drug backed by a liberal billionaire investor, along with a former union boss who was one of the White House's most frequent visitors. They're the "1 percent" with 100 percent immunity from the selectively outraged Occupier mobs that purport to oppose partisan government bailouts and handouts to privileged corporations. Ronald Perelman is the New York...
  • WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!

    06/24/2010 9:41:51 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Noisyroom.net ^ | 6-24-2010 | AJ
    Andy Stern wasn’t kidding when he publicly stated the most famous rallying cry of Communism:[1] Stern professed, “Workers of the World Unite? It’s not just a slogan anymore.” Snip SIGA Technologies, Inc. is a company specializing in the development of pharmaceutical agents to combat bio-warfare pathogens and it was announced on June 21, 2010 that Andy Stern is joining SIGA’s Board of Directors. But wait, it gets even better… SIGA is also a Federal contractor for the government. For a list of SIGA’s contracts with the Federal government, go to: http://www.usaspending.gov/search?query=&searchtype=JTdFZnElM0Q…. SNIP Without question, Andy Stern’s new position at SIGA...
  • None Dare Call it a Coincidence: Andy Stern and the White House Biodefense Program

    07/15/2010 11:31:13 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | Jul 10th 2010 | LaborUnionReport
    There are many who argue that President Obama has (repeatedly) broken his promise to bring transparency and openness to the White House. In literal terms, however, Obama may not have actually broken that specific promise ,.. it’s just that people may not have understood what Obama meant by transparency and openness. ..Here’s a case in point: First Dot: Several months ago, the union world was shocked when Andy Stern, the ignominious president of the Service Employees International Union abruptly “quit” as leader of the Purple Hand. Surprise and speculation swelled. Was it the Blago Trial? Is he sick?Second Dot: Then,...
  • Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal (Obama donor gets no bid contract)

    Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a $433-million plan to buy an experimental smallpox drug, despite uncertainty over whether it is needed or will work. Senior officials have taken unusual steps to secure the contract for New York-based Siga Technologies Inc., whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, one of the world's richest men and a longtime Democratic Party donor.
  • There's Something Fishy About The White House's $433 Million Investment In A Smallpox Vaccine

    11/15/2011 10:18:12 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TBI - The Blaze ^ | 11-15-2011 | Becket Adams
    There's Something Fishy About The White House's $433 Million Investment In A Smallpox Vaccine Becket Adams, The Blaze Nov. 15, 2011, 12:21[Editor's note: smallpox is indeed a horrifying and terrible disease; this cannot be overstated. It is not the intent of this article to mitigate the very real and terrible nature of the disease. The point of this article is to question the White Houses’ intentions in this deal.] Several critics believe that the Obama administration’s $433 million investment in the new ST-246 smallpox vaccine reeks of scandal. How could a multimillion dollar investment in an antiviral pill that could...
  • McCaskill asks for investigation into Obama administration’s sole-source vaccine contract

    11/24/2011 3:33:27 PM PST · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/24/11 | Will Rahn
    Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, has asked The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review the Obama administration’s award of a $443 million sole-source contract to a company owned by a major Democratic donor. The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that the Obama administration has taken unusual steps to procure an experimental smallpox vaccine from a company owned by a major Democratic donor despite concerns from some experts that such a drug was unnecessary and would not be effective. Citing “serious questions” about the contract, the Los Angeles Times reported that McCaskill has asked the...
  • Is Bizarre Smallpox Drug Deal Obama Administration's Next Solyndra?

    11/14/2011 6:51:19 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11-13-11 | Rick Ungar
    David Williams of The Los Angeles Times has uncovered a $433 million dollar government contract to purchase a smallpox anti-viral drug that may, or may not, be necessary in the case of a bioterrorist attack. For that matter, we are not even sure if the drug will work. ST-246, a pill to be manufactured by Siga Technologies, Inc., would come into play as a second level of defense in the event of a smallpox attack. Currently, the nation has stockpiled some $1 billion in smallpox vaccines, enough to inoculate the entire U.S. population and treat those who have contracted the...
  • "Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal"

    11/12/2011 9:51:41 AM PST · by austinaero · 26 replies
    LA Times via Drudge Report ^ | 11/13/11 edition | david.williams@latimes.com
    Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a $433-million plan to buy an experimental smallpox drug, despite uncertainty over whether it is needed or will work. Senior officials have taken unusual steps to secure the contract for New York-based Siga Technologies Inc., whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, one of the world's richest men and a longtime Democratic Party donor.
  • British used bioweapon in US war of independence

    08/19/2011 12:05:56 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 22 replies
    New Scientist Blog ^ | 19 August 2011 | Debora MacKenzie
    (Image: Everett Collection/Rex Features) A document has just gone on display at Mount Vernon, Virginia - the museum in the former home of George Washington, first US President. It is an order dated 1777 and signed by Washington himself to send troops that had not been vaccinated for smallpox - or survived it - to Philadelphia to be vaccinated. These troops were then to join up with the main army, where the disease was raging. It sounds like amazing foresight for its day. "Washington's careful handling of the smallpox epidemic at the beginning of the war was a significant...
  • 135-Year-Old Piece of Skin (Scab) Triggers Smallpox Scare At Virginia Museum

    05/19/2011 5:41:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    My FOX DC ^ | Updated: Thursday, 19 May 2011, 8:03 AM EDT Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/offbeat/135- | Staff
    RICHMOND, Va. - An outbreak of smallpox was the furthest thing from historian Dr. Paul Levengood's mind when his staff at the Virginia Historical Society put together an exhibit of "bizarre bits" that were added to the society's collection since its founding in 1831, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. There was Confederate president Jefferson Davis's cigar, confiscated by Union troops. There was a fungus carving of Robert E. Lee on his horse, Traveller, and a wreath made of human hair. Then someone mentioned a letter, handwritten and dated 1876, with what appeared to be a smallpox scab pinned inside...
  • Cure or Care?

    12/02/2010 9:14:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    Which do you think is less expensive, not to mention preferable: a cure for cancer, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, or caring for people with these diseases? Wouldn't it be better medical and public policy to direct more resources toward finding a cure for diseases that cost a lot to treat than to rely on a government insurance program, such as Obamacare, which seeks mainly to help pay the bills for people after they become ill? Isn't the answer obvious? Apparently not to many politicians trapped in an old paradigm that focuses too much on hospitals, doctors and medicines and too...
  • Monkeypox Risk Mapped

    11/26/2010 4:56:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Emerging Health Threats ^ | Wednesday 17 November 2010
    Hunting rope squirrels for food could be fuelling cases of monkeypox in the Congo basinResearchers probing risk factors for human cases of monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a ‘hotspot’ of the disease, found that people living near dense forests favoured by rope squirrels are more likely to contract the virus. “Our finding... is consistent with the fact that rope squirrels are the only natural host that have been demonstrated to transmit the monkeypox virus directly to humans in Africa,” write Trevon Fuller and colleagues this month in EcoHealth. The study suggests that the scant resources available for...
  • Bavarian Nordic wins freeze-dried Imvamune contract from US government

    11/23/2009 4:08:33 PM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 4 replies · 214+ views
    ManufacturingChemist.com ^ | November 21, 2009 | Staff
    Bavarian Nordic wins freeze-dried Imvamune contract from US government 20 November, 2009 The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) in the US has awarded a US$40m contract to Bavarian Nordic of Denmark to develop a freeze-dried version of its Imvamune smallpox vaccine. The funds will be used to validate the freeze-dried manufacturing process and the associated pre-clinical and clinical studies to support the development of this version of the vaccine. The funding represents 33% of the total contract value, followed by four additional years of optional funding, which will be triggered by the completion of pre-determined technical milestones. The...
  • North Korea can unleash 13 types of biological agent, South Korea says

    10/05/2009 11:41:00 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 957+ views
    The Times ^ | 10/6/2009 | Richard Lloyd Parry in Pyongyang
    North Korea’s armed forces are capable of carrying out 13 kinds of viral and bacterial attack, the South Korean Government said yesterday in one of the most detailed assessments of the dictatorship’s biological weapons arsenal. In a submission to the South Korean National Assembly, the Defence Minister also said that the North had 5,000 tonnes of chemical weapons, believed to include mustard gas, phosgene and sarin. Among its biological agents are cholera, yellow fever, smallpox, typhus, typhoid fever and dysentery. Despite the alarming assessment, Kim Tae Young also said that his country’s armed forces had the capacity pre-emptively to destroy...
  • VA won't pay benefits to Marine injured by vaccine

    09/01/2009 6:28:01 AM PDT · by BGHater · 22 replies · 1,240+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 30 Aug 2009 | David Goldstein
    It wasn't a bullet or roadside bomb that felled Lance Cpl. Josef Lopez three years ago after nine days in Iraq. It was an injection into his arm before his unit left the states. The then 20-year-old Marine from Springfield, Mo., suffered a rare adverse reaction to the smallpox vaccine. While the vaccine isn't mandatory, the military strongly encourages troops to take it. However, it left Lopez in a coma, unable for a time to breathe on his own and paralyzed for weeks. Now he can walk, but with a limp. He has to wear a urine bag constantly, has...
  • BARF!: FBI Agent Keeps Muslim Prayer Rug in Office To Impress Muslims

    12/02/2008 6:23:19 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies · 840+ views
    debbieschlussel.com ^ | December 2, 2008 | Debbie Schlussel
    The guy pictured below in the tie-less bad Don Johnson/"Miami Vice" look from the '80s is Drew Parenti, FBI Special Agent in Charge of Sacramento. But this brown-nosing uber-panderer isn't auditioning for the role of Crockett or Tubbs (either of whom frankly would be more competent at dealing with the enemy). No, he doesn't have a tie on because Muslims--the most extreme among them--don't respect ties. It's Western garb, and they want the world to know, Ahmadinejad-style, that they reject all things western. So congrats, Agent Parenti, you're now a graduate of the Islamist School of Barbaric Fashion. Would Don...
  • Emergency declarations smooth way for vaccine makers

    10/20/2008 11:38:35 AM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 415+ views
    the Kansas City Star ^ | 17 Oct 2008 | ALAN BAVLEY
    Sure, the economy is causing a crisis, but what about anthrax? How about smallpox? In a little noticed move, federal officials this month have declared a series of public health emergencies relating to potential weapons of biological terror. On Oct. 1, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt declared an anthrax public health emergency. On Oct. 10, he declared health emergencies for smallpox, radiation sickness from the detonation of a nuclear device and poisoning from botulinum toxins, the active ingredient of Botox. There’s no clear evidence that terrorists have managed to weaponize anthrax or stolen large caches of Botox from...
  • Dirty Rotten Poxviruses

    05/03/2008 9:44:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 138+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 25 April 2008 | Roberta Kwok
    Enlarge ImageEat me.Poxvirus (in green) may enter its host cell (in red) by sporting a "garbage" tag that prompts the cell to swallow it.Credit: Jason Mercer/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology It might not be the most elegant entrance, but poxviruses have engineered a way to sneak into cells through the garbage chute. According to a new study, the virus disguises itself as junk so that it will be gobbled by cells cleaning up floating debris. The discovery could explain how the virus that causes smallpox infects its hosts. In order to replicate, viruses must find some way of getting...
  • Gloucester's Roman Mass Grave Skeletons Were Plague Victims (Smallpox?)

    04/30/2008 6:04:50 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 167+ views
    24 Hour Museum ^ | 4-29-2008 | Oxford Archaeology
    GLOUCESTER'S ROMAN MASS GRAVE SKELETONS WERE PLAGUE VICTIMS By 24 Hour Museum Staff 29/04/2008 Archaeologists work to uncover the Roman mass grave in Gloucester during 2005. © Oxfod Archaeology A mass Roman grave, discovered in Gloucester in 2005, may have contained the victims of an acute disease of epidemic proportions, possibly plague. This is the startling conclusion to a new report by Oxford Archaeology and archaelogical consultancy CgMs, who have been conducting an 18-month programme of scientific study on the grave, which contained around 91 skeletons. The discovery of a mass grave of Roman date is almost unparalleled in British...
  • New TB threat: Global ties bring an ancient disease to Silicon Valley

    04/20/2008 9:20:48 AM PDT · by Technoman · 33 replies · 208+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 4-20-08 | Mike Swift
    Call it one price of globalism. Last year, tuberculosis increased in four of the Bay Area's five largest counties, and the San Jose area in 2006 had the highest TB rate of any large American metro area, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health. San Francisco, after an outbreak of TB among Latino day workers in the Mission district, has the highest TB rate of any...
  • BARBARIC SCENE ACCURATE ["John Adams" miniseries]

    03/19/2008 3:31:09 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 37 replies · 5,812+ views
    Fredericksburg.com ^ | 3-19-08 | JIM HALL
    HBO miniseries on "John Adams" demonstrates early form of vaccination for smallpox For many who watched Sunday night's airing of "John Adams," the new HBO series, one scene seemed almost barbaric: A doctor makes incisions with a lancet in the arms of Abigail Adams and her children and places smallpox material directly into the wounds. Abigail Adams believed that you could protect healthy people by injecting them with a deadly disease. Wouldn't that be just as dangerous as hanging around with the infected soldiers shown in the movie? No, Abigail knew what she was doing when she insisted that her...
  • Whatever Happened To. . . Smallpox?

    01/07/2008 2:24:08 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 272+ views
    Discover Magazine ^ | 12-24-2007 | Stephen Ornes
    Whatever Happened To... Smallpox?Humanity stomps nature but is still vulnerable to humanity. by Stephen Ornes Once the most feared disease on the planet, smallpox killed countless people in the course of human history. The first signs of smallpox are fever and aches. Then come the disfiguring pustules, often followed by death. But there hasn’t been a case in nearly 30 years. In 1979, after an aggressive 12-year campaign of vaccination, the World Health Organization declared human beings smallpox-free. William Foege, who worked on the effort and is now a senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says smallpox...
  • Lincoln came near death from smallpox: researchers

    05/17/2007 5:09:38 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 828+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/17/07 | Reuters
    HOUSTON, May 17 (Reuters Life!) - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln may have come closer than previously realized to dying from smallpox shortly after delivering his Gettysburg Address, medical researchers said on Thursday. After giving the Civil War speech, Lincoln became ill with symptoms of smallpox: high fever, weakness, severe pain in the head and back, "prostration" -- an old-fashioned word for extreme fatigue -- and skin eruptions that lasted for three weeks in late 1863. Lincoln's doctors told the ailing president he suffered from a cold or a "bilious fever" before one physician told him he had a mild form...
  • Report: Toddler Contracts Rare Infection

    03/18/2007 9:32:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 678+ views
    wjla.com ^ | March 17, 2007 | NA
    CHICAGO A 2-year-old Indiana boy and his mother contracted a rare and life-threatening infection from his soldier father's smallpox vaccination, according to a published report. The boy and his mother were being treated in a specially ventilated room at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday. The family's name and home town were not released at their request. The boy developed a virulent rash over 80 percent of his body earlier this month after coming in contact with his father, who had recently been vaccinated for smallpox before he was to be deployed overseas by...
  • Study: Federal Vaccination Plan Inadequate (Smallpox)

    11/29/2006 3:14:05 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 342+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11-29-2006
    Study: Federal vaccination plan inadequate PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A U.S. scientist is criticizing the effectiveness of a federal plan to vaccinate hospital healthcare workers against a threat of smallpox. Temple University researchers who conducted the first metric analysis of the prophylactic health program say it fell short on several levels and raises questions about future preparedness. In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked each state to vaccinate at least 50 to 100 healthcare workers per hospital -- a number the government considered large enough to respond to a possible smallpox outbreak. "Some states requested thousands...
  • Hollywood ER reopens after smallpox scare (False Alarm)

    10/21/2006 3:25:00 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 3 replies · 184+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | October 20 | Kathleen McGrory
    The emergency room at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood has been reopened after part of the ER was briefly closed this morning, hospital officials said. Earlier today, a man entered the ER with a high fever and a rash -- symptoms that resembled smallpox, a potentially fatal infectious disease. Following standard procedure, hospital officials quarantined one area of the ER. Doctors later said the man did not have smallpox. They have not said what he had.
  • Smallpox scare locks down emergency room at Hollywood Memorial (Florida)

    10/20/2006 10:41:02 AM PDT · by null and void · 6 replies · 565+ views
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | October 20 2006, 10:50 AM EDT | Staff
    HOLLYWOOD – Memorial Regional Hospital was put under lockdown for a short time shortly after 7 Friday morning over worries a sick patient was suffering symptoms similar to smallpox, a hospital official said in an e-mail release. Infectious disease experts at the 690-bed hospital and trauma center quickly confirmed that a patient complaining of a high fever and a skin rash was not suffering from deadly smallpox. They did not say what the patient suffered from.
  • Possible smallpox scare closes Hollywood ER

    10/20/2006 6:07:00 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 30 replies · 1,010+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | October 20th, 2006 | KATHLEEN McGRORY
    The emergency room at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood was put on lockdown this morning after a possible smallpox scare, fire-rescue officials said. A single patient in the ER could be exhibiting signs and symptoms of the potentially fatal disease, authorities said. It is unclear if the patient was brought in by a rescue team or came to the hospital alone. The emergency room was under quarantine until further notice, fire-rescue officials said.
  • Mass Vaccination Unnecessary In The Event Of A Large Bioterrorist US Smallpox Attack

    10/18/2006 6:57:49 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 4 replies · 289+ views
    Space War ^ | October 17 | Staff
    Mass vaccination would not be necessary in the event of a large-scale smallpox bioterrorist attack in the United States, according to a study led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that appears online in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. Instead, the current U.S. government policy of post-release surveillance, prompt containment of victims and vaccination of hospital workers and close contacts would be sufficient to thwart an epidemic, according to lead author Ira M. Longini Jr., Ph.D., a world leader in using mathematical and statistical methods to study the natural course of infectious diseases. "We found that a...
  • A collection of 9/11 tributes

    09/11/2006 4:12:54 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 2 replies · 973+ views
    A collection of 9/11 tributes I’ll add to the list below, and if you have any you’d like to add to this (or any other sort of tribute/remembrance), please do so here. Either leave a comment with the link, or link to this post and send a trackback. 9/11: The 5th Year Anniversary Tribute Blood of Heroes September 11th, Uncensored From Brain Terminal: Crystal Morning: September 11th, 2001 From William Teach: 9/11 Plus 5 From Crusader: WTC Tribute More from YouTube: 911 tribute September 11th - Five Years Later: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 September 11th - Flash...
  • DNA FOR SMALLPOX VIRUS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET

    06/16/2006 7:01:26 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 16 replies · 800+ views
    TMC Net News ^ | [June 15, 2006] | Staff
    (Daily Mail Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) URGENT calls have been made for the law to be changed to stop ingredients for deadly biological weapons being bought over the Internet. A shocking investigation has exposed how elements of the deadly smallpox virus can be purchased online then delivered through the post in Britain. It is feared terrorists could use the same tactics to create a biological weapon. Concern over the potential risk to public health last night prompted calls for the law to be changed to close current loopholes. Smallpox is one of the biggest killers in history, having claimed...
  • Revealed: the lax laws that could allow assembly of deadly virus DNA

    06/14/2006 4:16:15 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 6 replies · 228+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 6/14/06 | James Randerson
    Urgent calls for regulation after Guardian buys part of smallpox genome through mail order DNA sequences from some of the most deadly pathogens known to man can be bought over the internet, the Guardian has discovered. In an investigation which shows the ease with which terrorist organisations could obtain the basic ingredients of biological weapons, this newspaper obtained a short sequence of smallpox DNA. The deadly virus has existed only in laboratories since being eradicated from the world's population 30 years ago. The DNA sequence of smallpox, as well as other potentially dangerous pathogens such as poliovirus and 1918 flu...
  • Smallpox drill held at White House complex

    03/20/2006 9:39:20 AM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 508+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | March 18, 2006 | DEB RIECHMANN
    ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Cabinet officials gathered at the White House complex on Saturday for a drill simulating a smallpox attack against the United States. The four-hour exercise to test the government's response plans was conducted by Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and Centers of Disease Control Director Dr. Julie Gerberding and others. The World Health Organization reported the disease was eradicated in 1980. But there are fears that smallpox could be used by terrorists as a biological weapon. The United States ended routine childhood vaccination against smallpox in 1971. But the Bush administration,...
  • Smallpox vaccine uses fetal cell line: Some Americans may refuse shot, worsening potential outbreak

    11/18/2001 3:17:00 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 83 replies · 486+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Sunday, November 18, 2001 | By Jon Dougherty
    BIOLOGICAL WAR-FEAR Smallpox vaccine usesfetal cell line Some Americans may refuse shot, worsening potential outbreak By Jon Dougherty &copy;&nbsp;2001&nbsp;WorldNetDaily.com A company that would use a stem-cell line from an aborted fetus to manufacture a new smallpox vaccine is one of only a few firms being considered for a major new government contract despite concerns that the use of such tissues could lead many people to refuse the shots, thereby worsening any outbreak. The company, Acambis PLC of England, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, has already been contracted by the federal government to ...
  • Small number may react to smallpox vaccine

    12/06/2005 11:28:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 321+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | December 6, 2005 | MIKE STOBBE
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA -- Smallpox shots may have triggered a painful heart inflammation in a very small number of emergency workers vaccinated after Sept. 11, researchers say. A study in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association showed a higher rate of heart inflammation cases than ever documented before in people who got smallpox vaccinations. "I think that was completely not anticipated," said Dr. Inger Damon, an author of the study. Overall, however, the vaccine appears to carry an extremely small risk of serious side effects, researchers reported after looking at nearly 700,000 civilians and soldiers who received vaccinations after...
  • Safer Smallpox Vaccines In Works

    11/14/2005 8:18:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 1,143+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 14, 2005 | Justin Gillis
    U.S. Preparing For Potential Bioterror Attack New vaccine technologies are emerging that offer a fresh chance to devise a strategy against smallpox, the most fearsome potential weapon in the bioterror arsenal. Two companies are reporting rapid progress in developing a new vaccine designed to be safer than the standard one, and a third company, with no government support, is developing yet another new vaccine. That vaccine could offer significant advantages if terrorists were to unleash the smallpox germ in several cities at once, requiring the vaccination of huge numbers of people. The government stumbled badly in its campaign after Sept....
  • Biowarfare : Another "Sverdlosk Incident" in Russia ?

    08/25/2005 9:28:24 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 22 replies · 2,762+ views
    The Morning Paper-Special Edition | 08/25/05 | vanity
    Biowarfare : Another “Sverdlosk Incident” in Russia ? I’ve been looking at two recent (and ongoing) outbreaks of Tularemia in Russia: (Source: ProMed : Archives # 20050824.2503; # 20050822.2467; # 20050718.2066 ) 1. 96 people –66 from Dzerzhinsk region; 30 from Nizhniy Novogorod. 2. 56 people – all from the Ryazan area , which borders on Nizhniy Novogorod and Vladimir. What makes it notable is that Tularemia is a fairly rare disease: the Ryazan area had only 4 known cases in 2004. (No historic stats were furnished on the Nizhniy Novgoros area or Dzerzhinsk , but the number of cases...
  • 2 trailers deemed biological arms labs

    05/28/2003 11:35:47 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 674+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, May 29, 2003 | By Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The CIA yesterday concluded that two truck trailers seized by coalition forces in northern Iraq were designed by Saddam Hussein's regime to produce biological weapons agents.</p> <p>A six-page agency white paper said an examination of the trailers' equipment showed that "BW [biological weapons] agent production is the only consistent, logical purpose for these vehicles."</p>
  • Man Finds Smallpox Vaccine At Yard Sale

    08/21/2005 12:21:01 PM PDT · by Deetes · 34 replies · 1,370+ views
    http://www.kirotv.com/ ^ | August 19, 2005 | AP
    PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia -- Andrew Knickle found something he hardly expected - or wanted - after he haggled down the price of a box of sailing tarpaulins to $2.50 at a yard sale. "It was a kind of a hard, plastic tube with a screw cap that was labeled smallpox vaccine," Knickle said. "It scared me. All kinds of things went through my head, wondering if this could be meant for some evil purpose in this day and age of bioterrorism." When he shook the package, which bore a label from Connaught Laboratories in Willowdale, Ontario, and an expiration...
  • The Big Deal About Smallpox

    08/16/2005 5:49:25 PM PDT · by GunnyBob · 2 replies · 355+ views
    The photos of the victims are horrifying. With their bodies covered with huge pustules that will have left large craters in their skin forever (if they survived), the victims of smallpox suffered unimaginable agony. Along with the pus-filled lesions came crushing headaches, delirium, extensive bleeding, crippling backaches, chronic fatigue, unstoppable diarrhea and vomiting, bone infections, pneumonia, and fevers that oftentimes ran above 104 degrees. Highly contagious, it is easily spread through droplets expelled by sneezing, coughing or breathing, and it can also be spread through contact with an item touched by an infected person, like a set of keys, cell...
  • WHY ARE IRANIAN CHILDREN VACCINATED AGAINST SMALLPOX?

    07/02/2005 3:12:27 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 25 replies · 1,844+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | 27 June 05 | Neal Boortz
    Smallpox is an acute, highly contagious and often fatal disease caused by the variola virus. The virus is so dangerous and potentially deadly that one confirmed case of smallpox is considered to be a public health emergency. Oh .. and there is no proven treatment for the disease once a person falls ill. You just administer fluids and antibiotics to handle any secondary infections, and hope that the patent is one of the 70%. The other 30% will die. In case you don't already know, Smallpox has been eradicated worldwide. The eradication is so complete that we don't even vaccinate...
  • Qaeda bioterror threat seen down, but still real

    06/18/2005 12:33:50 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 1 replies · 320+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 7, 2005 | Caroline Drees
    WASHINGTON, June 7 (Reuters) - The threat of biochemical attacks by al Qaeda has declined, but the availability of agents and the group's professed interest in using them make the danger very real, a top German counterterrorism official said on Tuesday. "Why are we focusing on biological terrorism? We do so because it fits very well into the strategy, into the thinking of modern terrorists," Georg Witschel, counterterrorism coordinator at Germany's Foreign Ministry, told a biosecurity conference in Washington. "Looking at al Qaeda, since they have lost their territorial base, and since state sponsoring is in general declining, the probability...
  • The charge: Fabrication (Ward Churchill)

    06/06/2005 9:43:18 AM PDT · by AdamSelene235 · 16 replies · 836+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | June 6, 2005 | By Kevin Vaughn,
    The charge: Fabrication Did Ward Churchill falsely accuse the U.S. Army in small pox epidemic? Our findings: His claim isn't supported by the sources he has cited. By Kevin Vaughn, Rocky Mountain News June 6, 2005 The year was 1837, the place was the Upper Missouri River Valley in present-day North Dakota, the disease was smallpox, and the effects on American Indians were devastating. None of that is in dispute. One key fact is: how the disease got there. Numerous historical accounts put the blame in the same place - infected travelers on a steamboat bound for a trading post...