Re: BIOTERRORISM: possibly missing smallpox samples?

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Oct 22 2001 - 09:02:11 MDT

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:
> For being prepared, this is useful:
> Berche P.
> Trends Micribiol 9(1):15-18 (Jan 2001)
> The threat of smallpox and bioterrorism
> In particular:
> > There is no antiviral treatment and a vaccine is active only if
> > administered in the first four days post-exposure.
> Since my Medical Microbiology textbook says the incubation period
> is 12-15 days this points out the problem. By the time you start
> vaccinations you probably already have a large number of dead
> people on your hands.

I saw on the news the other night that there IS a drug in testing for
treating active smallpox, but it's on the slow track due to the obvious
lack of a market prior to 9-11.

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