Scientists seek plague vaccine, fearing bio-weaponization by terrorists

Scientists seek plague vaccine, fearing bio-weaponization by terrorists
Yersinia pestis, the plague bacterium. (Image via Global Bioefense)

LEADING scientists are frantically working to develop a vaccine for the plague amid fears terrorists could kill millions if they weaponized the deadly bacteria. …

Today the disease – which has a 90 to 100 per cent mortality rate – has been classed by the World Health Organisation as a “re-emerging human pathogen”.

Dr Ashok Chopra, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas…told The Sun Online: “We are specifically looking at pneumonic plague because the mortality rate associated with pneumonic plague is very high – almost 100 percent.”

Bubonic plague is the most commonly recognised strain of the disease – but the pnuemonic variant is much more virulent, and unlike bubonic, is spread via airborne particles. …

Dr Chopra added: “We had more cases of plague in 2015, 2016, after a very long period of time. The last case was in 1924 in LA… then it was 2015, 2016.”

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