For years experts have been warning that discontents of all stripes might make disease part of the arsenal of terror. Of all the deadly germs that might be used by terrorists there is one more that experts worry about. It is smallpox. Once a major scourge of humanity, the killer smallpox was vanquished in 1977. But some experts worry that cultures of the smallpox could have fallen, or someday could fall, into the hands of terrorists. If this material was used to infect a single human, it could launch a plague. Producer Daniel Grossman takes a look at the deadly disease and talks to the people who might combat it should it return.
|Smallpox: Weapon of Terror|
Smallpox: Weapon of Terror was produced by Daniel Grossman.
We would like to thank Random House for permission to use
excerpts from the book 'Of Plymouth Plantation' edited by
Samuel Morison, the San Diego Historical Society for
permission to use excerpts from the book 'Stranger than
fiction: Vignettes from San Diego History' by Richard W.
Crawford. The readings were arranged by Richard Paul and
read by Andy Clemense and Porter Koontz. We would also like
to thank ABC Radio News, the Special Media archives at the
National Archives and the National Library of Medicine for
the use of archival material.
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