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episode 37: Variola Birmingham


In 1978 on the cusp of the eradication of SmallPox a Medical Photographer became infected and would ultimately die from the Variola virus. We look at how admiration, promotion and delegation led to a wholly avoidable outcome.
With John Chidgey.

Investigation Report:

  • The Shooter Report (PDF)

Medical Analyses:

  • CDC Analysis of the R0 of SmallPox (PDF)

Links of Potential Interest:

  • SmallPox
  • History of Smallpox
  • Biosafety Level 4
  • A Bioweapon Expert Explains Four Ways A Pathogen Can Escape From A Lab
  • Review of Medical Errors in Laboratory Diagnostics and Where We Are Today
  • Pathogens Sometimes Escape the Lab With Deadly Results
  • 1970s Chinese pandemic was a lab mistake
  • Bio-Unsafety Level 3: Could the Next Lab Accident Result in a Pandemic?
  • SmallPox is not Dead
  • Caroline Foulkes looks back at the 1978 outbreak
  • Smallpox virus retention debate
  • Lessons learned from smallpox outbreak

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Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.
Episode Silver Producers: Mitch Biegler, John Whitlow, Kevin Koch, Oliver Steele, Lesley Law Chan, Hafthor and Shane O'Neill.


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 2020-11-26  41m