Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Should Smallpox be Destroyed for Good?

"Smallpox has been the worst disease known to mankind," says Dr. D.A. Henderson, who was in charge of the WHO's global smallpox eradication program and saw firsthand what this virus could do.   Responsible for .5 million deaths in the 20 century alone, the world has not seen a case of it for the past 30 years and yet it still exists in 2 places.  In a lab in Russia and in the United States at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Many argue the case that it should be destroyed.  What is the use in keeping something around that can cause so much destruction?  Others, namely the CDC believe that it should be kept safe for the time being, just in case there are other unknown sources of the deadly disease.

What do you think?