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Should the US and Russia Destroy Their Stocks of Smallpox Virus?

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Should the US and Russia Destroy Their Stocks of Smallpox Virus?

John O Agwunobi. BMJ.

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Smallpox was eradicated in 1980, but the virus still exists in WHO controlled depositories. Edward Hammond maintains that stocks should be destroyed to prevent the disease re-emerging, but John Agwunobi insists further research is essential for global security

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Competing interests: None declared.

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  • Stockpiling smallpox virus.
    Mack T. Mack T. BMJ. 2007 Apr 14;334(7597):760. doi: 10.1136/bmj.39177.580729.BE. BMJ. 2007. PMID: 17431234 Free PMC article.

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