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Posted: 6/10/2002 8:47:16 AM EDT
Smallpox was eradicated in the early 1970's, but there is a new outbreak reported in Pakistan. Sounds like some of Al Queda's biological warfare bugs got loose and infected the locals. It is only a matter of time until smallpox hits the US and Europe. This is serious stuff because the death rate is between 10 and 30% of the population.
[url]http://www.dawn.com/2002/06/09/local23.htm[/url]
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 9:25:32 AM EDT
Is this legit?

Link Posted: 6/10/2002 9:41:20 AM EDT
If this is legit it sounds like this has been an ongoing problem.  Meaning it's not a recent terrorist attack.

But I still gotta get on that iodine order....
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 10:01:41 AM EDT
Damn, the vaccination I received as a child is null and void.
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 10:17:10 AM EDT
Originally Posted By AlClenin:
Is this legit?

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It's hard to tell if any news coming from Pakistan is legit.
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 10:28:50 AM EDT
This sounds a little fishy.  That being said the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has said nothing about an outbreak.  According to their website there has not been a "natural" case of [i]Variola virus[/i] since 1977.  They haven't updated their site since June 3 though.

[url]http://www.cdc.gov/nip/smallpox/default.htm[/url]
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 11:19:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Mach1:
Damn, the vaccination I received as a child is null and void.
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Why?
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 11:22:53 AM EDT
Originally Posted By JIMBEAM:
Originally Posted By Mach1:
Damn, the vaccination I received as a child is null and void.
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Why?
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There is no guarentee that it lasts for life.

You really need a booster every 20 years or so.
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 12:38:59 PM EDT
Unless I hear it from a more credible source than DAWN, I'm betting it's measles.  There are a couple of other poxes that can cause similar symptoms in humans, too, IIRC.
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 3:53:54 PM EDT
At least it wasn't the dreaded largepox. [rolleyes]
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