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Resource ID: #15584
Subject: Diseases
Source: New Yorker
Date: 1999-07-08


Smallpox was supposedly eradicated 20 years ago. Only the United States and Russia are supposed to still store the virus, but most people feel many other countries have stockpiled it for use as a biological weapon. One case of smallpox would constitute a medical emergency, since the virus is extremely contagious, there is little available vaccine, and most people now have no immunity to the virus.

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