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"Anthrax buried for good"

Lesley Robertson l.a.robertson at tnw.tudelft.nl
Mon Mar 24 04:15:14 EST 2003


"Mike Yared" <myared at erols.com> wrote in message
news:b5jd3k$ltp$1 at bob.news.rcn.net...
> Anthrax buried for good: U.S. team sterilizes Vozrozhdeniye island , site
of
> Soviet anthrax testing,

The good folk of Dundee University sorted out the UK's anthrax-infected
island, Gruinard) nearly 10 years ago. If I remember correctly, formaldehyde
was effective.
However, this means nothing - Bacillus anthracis is a common soil organism
in many parts of the world, and most of the people who contract the most
usual skin infections get better with very little medical assistance. The
common name for the infection is sheep sorter's disease.  It's when it gets
into the lungs that it's most dangerous. However, it's not that infectious -
think about what happened in the USA last year. The beautifully termed
"weapons grade" anthrax was blowing around buildings for a week or more and
yet very few people were actually infected. More people were killed on the
roads during that period.
The chief value of anthrax as a weapon seems to be in the fear it inspires.
If people stopped playing with it to make it MORE effective, things would,
of course, be a lot better.
Lesley Robertson







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