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  • A Plague Upon Us; the Niagara Falls Smallpox Epidemic of 1914

    12/13/2019 12:49:36 PM PST · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Oakwood Cemetery Heritage Foundation ^ | September 1, 2015 | Michelle Ann Kratts
    A Plague Upon Us; the Niagara Falls Smallpox Epidemic of 1914 September 1, 2015 By Michelle Ann Kratts It must have seemed like the end of the world--the Apocalypse--when smallpox came to Niagara Falls, New York, in January of 1914. Luckily, the city pulled through...although it was quite a harrowing journey to the end. It wasn't exactly a topic I wanted to dive into after a refreshing vacation at Saranac Lake, but there it was on my desk: a dusty, decrepit scrapbook filled with tattered news clippings on one subject, smallpox. I try and imagine the person who cut these...
  • An explosion occurred in the Novosibirsk Center for Virology "Vector" [Russia]

    09/16/2019 11:25:03 PM PDT · by AzNASCARfan · 71 replies
    svoboda.org ^ | September 16, 2019 | Unknown
    An explosion occurred at the Vector State Virology Research Center near Novosibirsk . This research center has one of the most comprehensive collections of dangerous viruses in the world. According to Rospotrebnadzor, on the fifth floor of a six-story laboratory building, a gas bottle exploded during repair work, after which a fire broke out on an area of 30 square meters. The fire is eliminated. One worker suffered. With burns of the second and third degree, he was taken to the hospital. In Rospotrebnadzor emphasized that in the room where the explosion occurred, there were no biohazardous substances. At the...
  • Sea Lions And Seals Likely Spread Tuberculosis To Ancient Peruvians

    08/21/2014 1:43:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Michaeleen Doucleff
    When Europeans came to the Americas, they brought some nasty diseases — smallpox, cholera and typhus, to name a few.But one pathogen was already there. And it likely traveled to the shores of South America in a surprising vessel.By analyzing DNA from 1,000-year-old mummies, scientists have found evidence that sea lions and seals were the first to bring tuberculosis to the New World. The sea animals likely infected people living along the coast of Peru and northern Chile, a team from the University of Tubingen in Germany reported Wednesday in the journal Nature."We weren't expecting to find a connection to...
  • The mummified child who was killed by hepatitis 500 years ago (tr)

    01/04/2018 11:47:36 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan 04, 2018 | Phoebe Weston
    A medieval child whose mummified body was thought to show the earliest known case of smallpox was really suffering from hepatitis, scientists say. DNA analysis of the 16th century remains, found in the Basilica of Saint Domenico Maggiore in Naples, revealed the child was infected with an ancient strain of the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The team believe their findings could help shed new light on the ancient origins of the disease which, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), kills 1.5 million people a year. Previous scientific analysis of the 16th century remains - which did not include DNA...
  • Are Californian Companies Illegally Experimenting with Smallpox

    09/04/2017 6:25:08 AM PDT · by davikkm · 14 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    According to a press release from the FDA, a company, StemImmune Inc. in San Diego, California, has had five vials seized from the by U.S. Marshalls under instruction that contain the Vaccinia Virus Vaccine (Live). According to the FDA, this vaccine “is reserved only for people at high risk for smallpox.” The vaccine apparently has no other uses other than treating people who against smallpox. As per International Law, only small quantities of smallpox virus officially still exist in two research laboratories in Atlanta, Georgia, and in Russia. So what on earth are StemImmune doing with the vaccine (remember that...
  • Health of Americans being devastated by Illegal Aliens as smallpox, leprosy and TB reappear

    06/01/2016 8:50:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 42 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/1/16 | Doug Book
    On May 19th, a piece was posted on The Coach’s Team entitled The Deadliest Disease of All. One paragraph states: “It is clear that some of the illegal aliens who are sneaking into our country are bringing deadly diseases with them. Small pox, Chicken pox, measles, scabies, TB, Cholera and an assortment of other dangerous, communicable diseases can be found in the holding facilities that house these people.” One of our readers commented: "Bringing small pox"? Really? Smallpox, which has been eliminated in nature... is being brought to the US by illegal aliens. Citation needed.” A brief description of the...
  • Judge Orders Release of Immigrant Children Detained by U.S. (Mothers to be released, too)

    07/26/2015 8:09:57 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/25/15 | JULIA PRESTON
    A federal judge in California has ruled that the Obama administration’s detention of children and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally is a serious violation of a longstanding court settlement, and that the families should be released as quickly as possible. In a decision late Friday roundly rejecting the administration’s arguments for holding the families, Judge Dolly M. Gee of Federal District Court for the Central District of California found that two detention centers in Texas that the administration opened last summer fail to meet minimum legal requirements of the 1997 settlement for facilities housing children. -snip-...
  • Blaming Anti-vax Parents for Mickey Mouse Measles

    02/02/2015 12:00:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 78 replies
    The New American ^ | February 2, 2015 | Rebecca Terrell
    California's measles outbreak has climbed to 91 confirmed cases, prompting a vicious attack from USA Today contributor Alex Berezow against "anti-vaxxers." He blames them for the epidemic that CDC officials say was introduced at the Disneyland theme park by a person infected with measles overseas. Berezow's knee-jerk reaction is to declare, "Parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail." He erroneously maintains that measles could not spread in a fully vaccinated society and discredits as "ludicrous" concerns regarding the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Claiming there is a "mountain of data" proving otherwise, his one and only...
  • The World Is Extremely Close To Eradicating A Human Disease For The 2nd Time In History

    01/13/2015 10:54:36 AM PST · by blam · 60 replies
    BI ^ | 1-13-2015 | Kevin Loria
    Kevin Loria January 13, 2015Humanity is close to eradicating a human disease from the face of the earth for the second time in history. (The first eradicated human disease was smallpox, which last infected someone in 1977.) That's pretty incredible — but it's a project that has required close to three decades of work, and it isn't finished. On Monday, former US President Jimmy Carter announced at the opening of "Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease," a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, that there were just 126 cases of Guinea worm disease left in the world. In...
  • FEDS PREP STATES FOR SMALLPOX HORROR

    09/24/2002 12:40:40 AM PDT · by kattracks · 16 replies · 463+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/24/02 | AP
    <p>An Israeli hospital worker is vaccinated last week.</p> <p>September 24, 2002 -- WASHINGTON - Federal officials sent states detailed guidelines yesterday for rapidly vaccinating their entire populations against smallpox should the deadly disease return through an act of terrorism.</p> <p>It's been decades since smallpox was seen in this country and the disease has been eradicated from Earth, so officials would assume that a single case of smallpox means the nation is under attack.</p>
  • Racial Revenge: Infected Immigrants as Human Smallpox Blankets

    10/19/2014 9:49:24 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 42 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/19/14 | Deborah C. Tyler
    It so happened that an 11-year-old boy came home from school one day and told his parents that the first European white people who came to America were so mean that they tried to kill the Indians by giving them blankets with smallpox germs. The boy’s father tried to use this as a teachable moment. He asked his son to think if that made sense, even if the first white settlers were that evil. How would they avoid getting smallpox themselves? The boy then let it be known that the American Constitution was written by the Iroquois Indians. The father...
  • US govt lab mixed up potent flu strain

    08/04/2014 4:02:43 PM PDT · by EBH · 21 replies
    Medical Press ^ | 7/11/2014 | Kerry Sheridan
    A US government laboratory mistakenly mixed a common flu strain with a dangerous and deadly type of bird flu and shipped it to another lab, authorities said Friday. The latest news followed admissions of mishandled anthrax and forgotten smallpox vials at separate US government labs, and raised new concerns about the safety of dangerous agents which could be used as bioterror weapons. No one was endangered by the mixed flu strain, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden, who nevertheless said he was "astonished" that protocols could have been violated in that way. "Everything we have looked...
  • Illegal Immigration is Creating a Public Health Catastrophe

    07/31/2014 8:21:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/31/14 | Tim Dunkin
    Why can't we be just as free to assert our nation's sovereign right to affirm and defend our own borders? America is rapidly approaching the precipice when it comes to not just the quality, but even the availability, of health care in this country.
  • Immigration is now President Obama’s worst issue

    07/31/2014 7:35:54 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/31/14 | Aaron Blake
    Immigration has emerged as perhaps President Obama's worst issue -- definitely for today, and maybe of his entire presidency -- when it comes to public perception. A new poll from AP-GfK shows more than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) disapprove of Obama's handling of the immigration issue in general. Just 31 percent approve -- down from 38 percent two months ago. When you separate those most passionate about the issue, the difference is even more stark, with 57 percent opposed and just 18 percent in favor. That's more than three-to-one. We tried to find an issue on which Obama has...
  • 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 · 24 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...