Thursday, August 4, 2016

Anthrax in Siberia

hey there.
it's been a while.
we've been busy.  really busy.  with everything but working on this site.

but eign co-founder pete wanted me to bring this to everyone's attention:

Via NPR, an outbreak of Anthrax in the Russian Tundra has led to a number of infections and deaths, but this may only be the beginning...
"Officials don't know exactly how the outbreak started, but the current hypothesis is almost unbelievable: A heat wave has thawed the frozen soil there and with it, a reindeer carcass infected with anthrax decades ago. ...
"So we really don't know what's buried up there," she says. "This is Pandora's box."
For example, researchers have found pieces of the 1918 Spanish flu virus in corpses buried in mass graves in Alaska's tundra. There's also likely smallpox and the bubonic plague buried in Siberia.
So the question for researchers is: Could these pathogens — like anthrax — ever be reactivated?"

Good times.  Happy 2016.  Hmm, and 2015, for that matter.