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  • Haiti in a Time of Cholera

    Nearly 8,000 people have died horrible, painful deaths since a cholera epidemic swept through Haiti after a major earthquake in 2010. Over half a million others have been infected, and containment is nowhere in sight with dozens dying each week. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that United Nations peacekeepers brought the disease into the country.
  • Dr. Death and His Accomplice

    CBS News 60 Minutes tells the story of Dr. Larry Ford, a gynecologist who hired a hitman to kill his business partner and committed suicide after police connected him to the attempted hit. "When police went to search Dr. Ford's home in Irvine, CA, they found guns and explosives buried in his backyard and a cache of biological agents -- including botulism, salmonella, cholera and typhoid -- in his refrigerator. Police found evidence that Dr. Ford had allegedly poisoned women with some of his germs or chemicals, and (60 Minutes) discovered that a number of female acquaintances of his had long-term debilitating symptoms which rendered them legally disabled. Tips poured in to local police that Dr. Ford had military and intelligence connections, and that he had worked for South Africa's apartheid-era bio-warfare program. (60 Minutes) discovered strong evidence linking Dr. Ford to the leader of the South African program, Dr. Wouter Basson, who has been dubbed 'Dr. Death' by the African press, for his mandate to kill blacks and other opponents of the white-ruled government."
  • Choice of Evils: As a Tropical Scourge Makes a Comeback, So, Too, Does DDT

    The Wall Stree Journal reports on the use of DDT by African countries in a desperate attempt to fight malaria and other diseases. "DDT kills birds and other wild species, but ... malaria kills children - about one every 40 seconds in sub-Saharan Africa," reveals the story. The report points out that in recent years the mosquito and the malaria parasite it spreads have evolved more resistance to DDT alternatives and to drugs. Mozambique remains the only country in southern Africa, which is leery of the pesticide, and thus does not comply with "a concerted regional attack" on malaria, the Journal reports.
  • Will the Black Death return

    Discover examines the chances for a new plague epidemic, pointing to isolated cases of the disease in recent decades. The article tells the history of the "black death's" dissemination and cites scientific studies on plague epidemics in Europe, China and India. The story reveals that Russian bioweapon scientists have developed an antibiotic-resistant plague, and warns against the risk of using plague or anthrax as formidable weapons in bioterrorism wars. Plague can never be eradicated, because it hides in animal reservoirs, finds Discover.
  • The Poison Keeper: Biowarrior, brilliant cardiologist, war criminal, spy -- can a landmark trial in South Africa reveal who Wouter Basson really was?

    South African cardiologist Wouter Basson, founder and leader of a top-secret chemical- and biological-warfare program called Project Coast, has been called "the most diabolical aspect of apartheid" by Bishop Desmond Tutu. Finnegan writes of Basson's trial, which began in October 1999, for 67 counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, drug offenses and fraud. Among the work done by Project Coast: "research into a race-specific bacterial weapon; a project to find ways to sterilize the country's black population; discussion of deliberate spreading of cholera through the water supply...; the fatal poisoning of anti-apartheid leaders" and other programs.
  • Why?

    60 Minutes investigated "why the Army was stockpiling hundreds of thousands of doses of an experimental cholera vaccine, and then offered it to the World Health Organization to fight a 1991 cholera epidemic in Peru, but WHO rejected the offer. The story exposed the "bankrupt policies" of WHO and the conflict between cholera prevention and treatment"