BIOTERRORISM: possibly missing smallpox samples?

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Fri Oct 19 2001 - 10:05:22 MDT

In discussions with a friend last night I was told that she
had heard a news report that some of the smallpox samples
in Russia had gone missing. Google and Altavista searches
don't seem to locate anything on this (for me).

I've got an older (1990) medical textbook that says the
samples were supposed to be in Moscow. A more recent
web page discussing various bioterrorist threats
seemed to suggest they were stored at a poorly guarded
facility in Novisibirsk (if my memory serves correctly).

News discussions on television seem to suggest that the
old vaccinations may have only had a protective life of
10 years (so if you are my age and think you are protected
you may not be).

Any information or concrete pointers related to these
murky "facts" is appreciated.


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