[Incidents in reposition of smallpox virus laboratories and its retrospect and ponderation].

Grant, Alicia (2013) [Incidents in reposition of smallpox virus laboratories and its retrospect and ponderation]. Zhonghua yi shi za zhi (Beijing, China : 1980), 43(4), pp. 211-213. ISSN (print) 0255-7053

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Abstract

Reposition of variola virus in some laboratories in the UK led to some serious incidents before the announcement by WHO of the Global Eradication of Smallpox in 1980. These three incidents resulted in 78 people recorded as infected with smallpox, among them 3 died, with very many others misdiagnosed at the time as suffering from chickenpox. Therefore WHO discussed the problems and decided to reduce gradually the number of repositories of variola virus in laboratories world-wide from previously unknown numbers to two. However, suppose in the event of a sudden outbreak of a new, mutated species of smallpox virus, what should we do? Maybe, the obsolete ancient prophylactic practice of variolation could be of considerable contingency value.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Biological sciences
Epidemiology and public health
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing (until 2017) > School of Life Sciences
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Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2014 09:03
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2014 09:03
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/27745

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