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New Look at Old Data Irks Smallpox-Eradication Experts

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Science  10 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5604, pp. 181
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5604.181

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Yale University mathematician Edward Kaplan has been arguing that the architects of the U.S. bioterrorism policy are placing too much faith in a strategy called ring vaccination to contain a smallpox epidemic. Now, Kaplan has published a paper that he says deals another blow to that strategy--further raising the ire of his opponents, some of whom are veterans of the global smallpox-eradication effort in which the strategy was introduced and tested.