by Steve Watson
April 24, 2009
Mass vaccination program
was halted after hundreds contracted debilitating nerve
Given the reports of the possibility of
a swine flu epidemic, it is interesting to note that last time there
was a significant outbreak of a new form of swine flu in the
U.S. it originated at the army base at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Hundreds of soldiers on the base, mostly recruits, were infected
without becoming ill in 1976.
President Gerald Ford immediately
ordered a nationwide vaccination program.
More than 40 million people were vaccinated. However, the program
was stopped short after over 500 cases of
Guillain-Barre syndrome, a
severe paralyzing nerve disease, were reported.
30 people died as a direct result of
Unanswered questions regarding the outbreak remain to this day.
According to a CDC investigation, It is not known why the virus did
not extend beyond basic trainees or beyond the military base. The
source of the virus, the exact time of its introduction into Fort
Dix, and factors limiting its spread and duration remain unknown.
Previous reports of attempts to use influenza as a bio weapon,
should also have us asking concerned questions.
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