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The World in Medicine
February 13, 2002

Retaining Smallpox Stocks

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JAMA. 2002;287(6):706. doi:10.1001/jama.287.6.706

Prompted by heightened fears of bioterrorism in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks and anthrax-tainted mail in the United States, the World Health Organization's executive board is recommending retaining indefinitely the current stockpiles of smallpox virus at laboratories in the United States and Russia—reversing a previous call for the destruction of the samples by the end of 2002 (report available on line at http://www.who.int/gb/EB_WHA/E/E_Index.htm).

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