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#1    LucidElement

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:45 AM

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You never know what you're going to find in an unused storage room. Employees at the National Institutes of Health, for example, recently discovered some old vials of variola. You may know variola by its less formal name -- smallpox.

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2...ound/index.html

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 04:31 AM

Could I have bit of both? I've never been one to shy away from a challenge.


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 04:37 AM

Somebody left it there.thanks for posting

Edited by coolguy, 09 July 2014 - 04:37 AM.


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 05:00 AM

View PostQuiteContrary, on 09 July 2014 - 04:31 AM, said:

Could I have bit of both? I've never been one to shy away from a challenge.

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 05:22 AM

Sooooooooooo many jokes I want to make right now.....I just don't feel like topping any watch lists for secret gov't organizations......soooooooooooooooo many jokes.........

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 09:34 AM

We old people are mostly immune to smallpox (having had multiple vaccinations when young). However, anyone under about age 55 probably has no immunity to the virus. Personally, I think it might be very wise to simply start giving people the vaccine again, or at the very least stockpile some of the vaccine just in case. This particular virus is easily spread and could readily be used as a biological weapon.

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 10:58 AM

From what I read, most think the virus is more than likely dead given that it hasn't been refrigerated in a few decades.  

The eradication of smallpox is one of the huge successes of modern medicine - as well as provided for the birth of vaccines in general (another huge success).  Was just listening to a great podcast about it yesterday.  Check it out:

http://www.maximumfu.../shows/sawbones

And a plug here - if you enjoy tales of weird medical stuff and medical history in general, you'll enjoy Sawbones.  Plus they're funny as hell.



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 08:16 PM

Good thing the things were packed correctly and being sent to the CDC Headquarters. I can't imagine of someone with evil intentions getting ahold of it. Dx


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:44 PM

View PostLikely Guy, on 09 July 2014 - 05:00 AM, said:

If it doesn't kill you, it'll make you stronger.

I'm all for stronger.
Younger would be nice too! :P


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 01:17 PM

View PostPrincess Serenity, on 09 July 2014 - 08:16 PM, said:

I can't imagine of someone with evil intentions getting ahold of it.
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sadly, i can think of at least a half-dozen people who'd love to get hold of a vial or two....
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Posted 13 July 2014 - 01:43 PM

It's hard to say after so much time whether the virus is still capable of infection, but such an outbreak would be a disaster. I don't know if we have ample supplies of the vaccine available after so many years, if any; quarantine might be the only way to stop the spread. IMHO these vials should have been placed in a high temperature incinerator.

To the point that those over 50 had Smallpox vaccinations and would be immune, that is possible, but I would not want to rely on that. With many diseases you need booster injections over time to maintain immunity and it's been a long time since anyone was vaccinated for the disease.

I know someone who worked at the CDC, the facility that deals with chemicals, not infectious agents, and was told how political this and other governmental organizations have become, NASA being another example I can think of. There have been several "accidents" in the past few decades concerning disease organisms, I hope that the public good is not swept under the rug for power, position and political points or simply the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing, because this is deadly serious stuff.


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 01:47 PM

View Postcoolguy, on 09 July 2014 - 04:37 AM, said:

Somebody left it there.thanks for posting

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 07:17 PM

I am glad someone with some brains found it. You know how stupid people can get when digging threw old stuff (tossing stuff around and such). Could have potentially caused a breakout who knows.


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 07:52 PM

View PostSundew, on 13 July 2014 - 01:43 PM, said:


To the point that those over 50 had Smallpox vaccinations and would be immune, that is possible, but I would not want to rely on that. With many diseases you need booster injections over time to maintain immunity and it's been a long time since anyone was vaccinated for the disease.

True, but my chances are far better than the rest of the younger population.

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:14 PM

View PostLikely Guy, on 09 July 2014 - 05:00 AM, said:

If it doesn't kill you, it'll make you stronger.

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