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Besides bioterrorism, what natural ways may I contract smallpox?

Besides bioterrorism, what natural ways may I contract smallpox?

You won't: The last case of smallpox in the wild was found in samolia in 1977. Since it is only passed human to human, you have no source for natural spread. The world health organization declared smallpox eradicated in 1979 after offering a world bounty for 2 years for anyone finding another case. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Biodefense And Bioterrorism (Definition)

Biodefense and bioterrorism refer to activities around preventing and detecting malicious acts involving the use of bacteria, or other biologic agents. The use of mailed anthrax in 2001 was ...Read more


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Are the main sources of smallpox in modern times likely bioterrorism?

Are the main sources of smallpox in modern times likely bioterrorism?

Essentially none: Unless another poxvirus such as monkeypox mutates to be way more virulent. ...Read more

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Besides bioterrorism, what is the most likely cause of infection?

Besides bioterrorism, what is the most likely cause of infection?

Bioterrorism is rare: Please send your question to healthtap again, but add some details to help us answer you concerns. Thanks! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have bad adverse reactions to the smallpox vaccine if the government gives it out for bioterrorism?

Yes: There is a very small , but real risk to this vaccine of developing a fatal case of smallpox from the vaccine.But in an epidemic situation, this risk is far less than naturally becoming sick. Hopefully this scenario will never occur. ...Read more

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Does russia possess some of the newest and deadliest biological weapons?

Does russia possess some of the newest and deadliest biological weapons?

Probably: The soviet union had a well paid biological weapons development department there is little reason to assume that the break up of the communist system meant the elimination of these programs. The current government is unlikely to publicize such efforts. ...Read more

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Should I carry mask in middle east in case of biological weapons?

Should I carry mask in middle east in case of biological weapons?

No: Doubt it would have any benefit against a weaponized biological agent or a neurotoxin. You would need a biohazard set up or specialized mask to work. Thankfully the chance of such an attack is exceedingly small unless you plan on traveling into syria which would be a foolish idea. ...Read more

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Is there an occupation developing viral/biological weapons?

Is there an occupation developing viral/biological weapons?

Of course: In countries with advanced capabilities, this is certainly going on all of the time both for offensive and defensive purposes. Few are likely to publicize or discuss these activities; they remain seriously controlled state secrets. ...Read more

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I'm afraid of a bioterrorist anthrax attack, is there a publicly available vaccine?

I'm afraid of a bioterrorist anthrax attack, is there a publicly available vaccine?

Vaccine available: A vaccine is available and you should consult your doctor to determine need for it and your suitability as a recipient. Please note that you are more likely to get hit by lightening than get anthrax from a terrorist attack. ...Read more

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Where does lithium come from? Is it man-made?

Where does lithium come from? Is it man-made?

Lithium: Lithium is one of the elements that makes up the composition of the earth. It is rarer than nitrogen, oxygen and carbon, and it is chemically related to sodium. ...Read more

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What might cause freq headaches in a young man in his 20's?

What might cause freq headaches in a young man in his 20's?

Could be anything: Anyehere from simple tension headaches to a tumor in the brain. Most often it could be a migraine. If severe and too frequent please see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible that Ebola devastating West Africa is man-made?

Is it possible that Ebola devastating West Africa is man-made?

Ebola Virus: Theory is that bats are the reservoir for Ebola. Partially eaten fruit dropped by bats may be eaten by Diuker antelopes, monkeys, apes or other mammals. Eating or handling bush meat from them can transmit the disease to humans. Dogs eating human carcasses or infected small mammals may also contribute to the spread. Although the CDC reportedly has Ebola BUNDIBUGYO virus patent - that doesn't mean > ...Read more

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Could a mans sex drive decline in his 40's?

Could a mans sex drive decline in his 40's?

Yes: But it can decline other times too. Also, it can be recovered as long as you're flexible about how you define it. Aspects of sex might change in ways that are definite, but many are attitudes and they can change as you do. It may be that you are in the driver's seat instead of being 'driven' by hormones. Read about adult male sexuality in books or articles. Ask a lover or a doctor for ideas. Enjoy. ...Read more

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What S ideal blood pressure for 60years man ?

What S ideal blood pressure for 60years man ?

Less than 140 / 85: Be sure to check with your doctor for a plan to maintain your blood pressure at an optimal level. ...Read more

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Can a man's sex drive start to decrease in their 40's?

Can a man's sex drive start to decrease in their 40's?

Yes and no: Production of testosterone does begin to taper off in mid-life which can affect sex drive. But sudden or dramatic changes in libido are more likely to be caused by other things--both physical and emotional. If a man has not had a recent physical, that can be a good place to start in ruling out possible explanations for any changes that are happening, plus discussing stressful pressures in life. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract a.I.D.S from sharing a treadmill with another man?

Is it possible to contract a.I.D.S from sharing a treadmill with another man?

No: The common myths about sharing items like a treadmill, toilet seats (used to be one), etc have been debunked. The HIV virus dies when it is exposed to air. Still, wiping down gym equipment is important. ...Read more

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Will the radiation from the fukushima disaster affect people on the west coast of the U.S.?

Will the radiation from the fukushima disaster affect people on the west coast of the U.S.?

No: The amount of radiation is negligible compared with the background that Mother Nature provides from outer space, natural radioactivity in rocks, and even the isotopes in your own body. There is nothing "enlightened" about being frightened by disinformation, even from "friends of the environment" / conspiracy talkers. I know no physician or scientist who's at all concerned. ...Read more

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Man Made Disasters (Definition)

Man-Made disasters are large scale catastrophes caused by industrial or scientific accidents, engineering flaws (ie a collapsed bridge), or war, ...Read more


Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Biological Weapons (Definition)

Biological weapons is a term for infectious diseases being used as weapons to disable, ...Read more