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Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh. It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on men and animals throughout the land."
— Exodus 9:8–9



Swell. What God would do this? If God exists he sounds pretty culpable. If he does not, who did this?

Biosafety Hazard Level 4 is the designation used for facilities that have sufficient safety measures in place to the worlds most deadly pathogens and chemical agents can be handled safely. Prior to Ebola there were very few of these. Andromeda Strain provides a good example of such a facility. They're not as complicated and elegant as a sci-fi movie but you get the idea. They are used in Germ Warefare development and vaccine development. Where the line between the two actually is gets blurry sometimes, for example, is the need to aerosolize Ebola for military or medical purposes?

"Politics is the Art of looking for Trouble, Finding it whether it exists or not, Diagnosing it Incorrectly, and applying the Wrong Remedy".
Sir Ernest Benn (1875 - 1954)

Plague


Rabbit Fever

"The biblical plague of the Philistines now has a name, tularemia."

"The laboratory isolation of F. tularensis requires special media such as buffered charcoal yeast extract agar. It cannot be isolated in the routine culture media because of the need for sulfhydryl group donors (such as cysteine)." - Wiki

Thus a cysteine deficiency or chronic low cysteine would be expected to make this disease worse, the bacterium gets it first, the immune systems gets what's left over. Which wasn't enough in the first place. Death follows.


Rabbit Fever

Did an epidemic of tularemia in Ancient Egypt affect the course of world history?


-1320

Rabbit fever

Were ‘cursed’ rams the first biological weapons?


Rabbit fever



1892

Cholera vaccine invented


1894

Waldemar Haffkine innoculates against Cholera in India


Plague in Formosa


"...and five kilograms of plague fleas..."


Bonus army. Military uses a poison gas on protesters. A little girl dies.


"... bacteria of glanders and anthrax and the virus of cattle plague and mosaic disease,..."


"...The cattle purchased was also to be infected, by inoculation with the virus of cattle plague..."


"...U.S. units collected relatively few Japanese documents from China."


"Since VJ Day Japanese war criminals turned into ‘experts’ have been working for the Americans in developing bacteriological warfare"


Evidence from Chinese medical tests suggests Hantavirus' existence over 1,000 years ago


Control of Certain Aspects of the Infective Process by Progeny Viral DNA



marked degree of antigenic variation during passage of laboratory strains of influenza virus in eggs





Asymptotic Anthrax Villem.


"...are important for optimal toxin gene expression."










The Mystery of Asymptomatic Influenza



Public safety and national security are at stake, but who is in charge?