Edward J. Sylvester

Articles by Edward J. Sylvester

7 August 2012

The unacceptable risks of a man-made pandemic

Lynn C. KlotzEdward J. Sylvester

Now that world attention finally has been focused on the potentially human-contagious H5N1 Asian bird-flu virus, the international research community should take steps to deal with three other potential pandemic pathogens. Two are among history's nightmares: smallpox, which killed or maimed millions of people over centuries as it ravaged the world, and the resurrected 1918 pandemic flu virus, which may have killed 50 million people worldwide over just two years.