smallpox preparedness

threat of smallpox in bioterrorism

smallpox - what prepper needs to know

SmallPox (Variola)
Prepping for Smallpox (Variola)

Pandemic and bioterrorism preparedness: Smallpox
Don't confuse SmallPox with ChickenPox. SmallPox is among the
most deadliest of diseases to strike mankind --  it is a plague
that has maimed and massacred millions and is among the
most serious of threats in bioterrorism because it is highly
contagious and there is no specific treatment for smallpox
disease.

The disease builds with fever, body aches, headaches and
vomiting. A marked skin rash follows, which blisters, scabs and
falls off, scarring victims for life. While the majority of those
who suffer from small pox recvoer, it is a devastating disease
and death does occur in about a third of the case.

While the virus was eliminated worldwide with the last case in
the United States in 1949 and the latest case in Somalia in
1977, a few vials of the deadly disease remain to threaten
mankind. Since then, the populations have stopped vaccinating
because prevention of the disease was no longer necessary.

If Smallpox has been eradicated, why is it still a threat?

Why is Smallpox such a threat?
Concern of bioterrorists using Smallpox as a weapon in the
wake of 9/11 caused the United States government to take
precautions in dealing with a potential outbreak.

  • Threat of Smallpox remains in Atlanta, Georgia at the
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where it might
    get into the wrong hands. Laboratory stockpiles sit in liquid
    nitrogen, waiting.

  • If the United States has vials waiting, it's possible that
    several other countries have vials as well.

  • Aside from the threat of man, outbreaks of smallpox have
    throughout history spontaneously surfaced for thousands of
    years. In 1977 Somalia had one such naturally occurring
    case.

Who is affected?  
SmallPox kills without prejudice. Anyone exposed can become
infected.

Why is Smallpox such a threat?
Did you know that many occurrences of laboratory-acquired
vaccinia infections have been reported? Vaccinia may be
acquired by accidental needlestick in a laboratory worker. There
are also complications of smallpox vaccinations

SmallPox

Should you vaccinate against smallpox?
There are complications of smallpox vaccinations, so the
question of whether or not to vaccinate, should be heavily
weighed. Physicians should analyze the patients condition or
factor that serves as a reason to withhold a certain medical
treatment due to the harm that it would cause the patient. If
there is any question of immune deficiency then the answer is
no! Cases of individuals acquiring Vaccinia have been fatal for
immune deficiencies and even eczema presents a severe threat!

  1. Chronic Lymphotic Leukemia. Vacinia complications have
    been reported with an individual vaccinated who had
    Chronic Lymphotcytic Leukemkia (CLL), which is an
    abnormal lymphocytes build up in the blood and bone
    marrow. Over time, the abnormal cells of an individual with
    CLL crowd the healthy ones. Vaccinating with CLL has
    provided fatal results!
  2. Eczema. In a case with a 27-year old who had a history of
    atopic dermatits, he survived vaccinia, but was left with
    many scars.

According to the CDC, the smallpox vaccine provides cross-
protection against all orthopoxviruses, which include smallpox,
monkeypox, vaccinia and cowpox.

Is smallpox a virus or a parasite?
A virus is a single-celled parasite that has the capability to
invade a host cell and hijack the DNA to replicate. Among all
the known viruses, smallpox is the most complex and smartest,
containing the most complex DNA sequencing.

How does someone get smallpox?
Designed to kill, Smallpox generally enters the nose, then
attacks the cells and lungs, then the virus expands in the cells
and touches the next cells to infect, and in a matter of hours
can spread all over the body.

In dealing with bioterrorism, it's important to get the facts.
Learn more about prepping for
bioterrorism and chemical
warfare. Hundreds of millions of people have died of Small Pox
or have been permanently scarred or blind by Smallpox, the
incurable disease.

Happy endings...
While there is a threat of smallpox in bioterrorism, the good
and happy news for preppers is that we are more prepared than
the general population. Knowledge is key and many of us have
an arsenal of supplies to keep us safe at home, and free from
exposure, or we have the pandemic supplies necessary to
prevent should the dreaded disease enter our homeland.

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