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threat of smallpox in bioterrorism

smallpox - what prepper needs to know

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Small Pox Death of a Disease
The video above shares the story of Smallpox and how a disease called
cowpox helped mankind survive.

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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Smallpox (Variola)
Smallpox and the pandemic bioterroist threat

Could Smallpox rear its ugly head?
The last case of Smallpox in the United States was in 1949 and
on October 26, 1976 that the last case of smallpox occurred in
the world. An incurable disease, Smallpox had killed, permanently
scarred or left its victims blind. No naturally occurring cases of
smallpox have happened ever since.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, "
Most people with
smallpox recovered, but about 3 out of every 10 people with the
disease died." It has killed 300-500 million people in the 20th
century! Those survival odds are frightening to preppers for the
reason that smallpox is thought to be an effective bioterrorist
threat.

Smallpox and the threat of bioterrosim
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. I

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 smallpox recover, 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. Russia is one of
    the countries that has a vaccine, so they likely also have the
    capability to use Smallpox as a biological threat.

  • 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; however if you were born in the United States before
1972, you may have received a vaccination. (
Most people born in
the United States after 1972 have not been vaccinated against
the disease, according to the CDC).

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

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.

Smallpoxs attacks:
  • skin cells
  • lymph nodes
  • spleen
  • bone marrow

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.

Thankfully for now Smallpox has been eradicated. The day will
come when a person arrives at a hospital with a mysterious
illness and could begin infecting massive amounts of people.
Below is a brief overview of the origins to help you understand
how the disease started.