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In The Spotlight:
Smallpox Vaccine Would Now be Fatal for Many People whose Immune System
is Weakened by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) It is crucial
to underline the seriousness of bioterrorism, especially in the case of
smallpox, since according to the World Health Organization, vaccination
would be contraindicated for certain groups that include persons with immune
disorders or those experiencing therapeutically-induced immunosuppression,
persons with HIV infection, and persons with a history of eczema.
accounts for approximately 25 percent of the U.S. population (approximately
70 million) that would be excluded from vaccination because of high risk
(or the possibility of coming in contact with a high-risk individual) would
be vulnerable in a smallpox outbreak. If this statistical analysis is applied
globally, at risk populations encompass hundreds of millions worldwide.
issues have once again drawn international attention to the importance
of the Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention as a crucial legal instrument
in the global war against terrorism.
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