Navigation Links
Smallpox as Biological Weapons?

As biological weapons go, anthrax is nowhere as terrifying as several others, says Jim Matthews, an associate professor of pharmacy at Northeastern University. Smallpox would be a lot worse. The government now has about 15 million doses of smallpox vaccine on hand. Experiments are getting underway to see whether it can be diluted so it could be administered to more people, and still be effective. //

“Anthrax is not easily transferred, so to develop it as weapon is difficult, and in most cases it responds quite well to antibiotics,” Matthews said. . “What I would be a lot more fearful and wary of is an outbreak of smallpox, caused by terrorist acts. Smallpox is contagious, and there is no effective treatment available. Some federal officials have reason to believe that Iraq is developing it as a biological weapon.”

The Bush administration appears to agree with Matthews. Tommy Thompson, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, wants Congress to provide $509 million to buy vaccines from four drug companies. He is talking to the drug companies that used to make it, hoping they will agree to make the vaccine and deliver it next year so it can be stockpiled.

Smallpox is highly infectious, and can be fatal. When Europeans brought it to the New World, it spread like wildfire through some aboriginal populations, killing up to 90 percent of the Aztecs and several Northeastern Indian nations. There is no cure for the disease, and a severe infection can be fatal. Samples of the virus have been kept alive in the United States and Russia, and some experts on biological warfare believe it has also been preserved in laboratories in Iraq and North Korea.


'"/>




Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Is Smallpox Threat Real ?
2. Smallpox Vaccine May Help Fight Cervical Cancer
3. Smallpox Would Spread Rapidly
4. Drug Firm Offers to Donate Smallpox Vaccine
5. Penn Researchers Throw Light on the Structure Of Smallpox Virus Protein
6. Toddler Infected With Rare Side Effect of Smallpox Vaccine
7. Biologicals Transfer Proposal between US and Indian Biotechnology
8. Novel Biological Pacemaker Under Construction for Weak Hearts
9. Biologically Women Are More Vulnerable To HIV Infection
10. Biological Clock Could Be Re-Set: Study
11. Gold Nanoparticles Are Good Detectors Biological Toxins
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, as ... of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and to ... one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As lice ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and ... their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness at Work Awards took ... the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of 42 businesses to receive ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to ... , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there ... my other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business ... to $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the ... minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases more ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Strategic Capital Partners, LLC (SCP) in ... investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP has delivered investment events and ... more than a million dollars of capital investment for five companies. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Research and ... Market for Companion Diagnostic Tests" report to their offering. ... for Companion Diagnostics The World Market for ... personalized medicine diagnostics. Market analysis in the report includes the ... Market (In Vitro Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator ... more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it ... funding is led by Innova Memphis, followed by ... private investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate the ... market release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... "Pharmaceutical Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, ... Formulation (Oral, Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market ... at a CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast period ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: