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March 24/31, 1999

Bioweapon Warning

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JAMA. 1999;281(12):1075. doi:10.1001/jama.281.12.1075-JQU90001-4-1

A prominent researcher credited with much of the success in eradicating smallpox 25 years ago has warned that the US medical community is ill-prepared to face a new threat from the virus—as a biological weapon in the hands of international terrorists.

In the February 26 issue of Science, D. A. Henderson, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies, wrote that active bioweapons research and manufacture are under way in the former Soviet Union, Iraq, and about 10 other countries. He said smallpox and anthrax have been identified as the top two threats.

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