Talk:Biological warfare

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I corrected the "5% sodium hypochlorite solution" comment in the "Protective Measures" section to reflect the modern standards per MCWP 3-37.3 w/change 1. I could flush out this section with more information, but it would just end up needing to have its own section. I am not exactly sure why there is a treatment section at all in an encyclopedic entry about bio Weapons in the first place - NBCD Chief


During the 1948 War, Acre was besieged by Israeli forces. A typhoid fever outbreak occurred in Acre at this time. According to the Red Cross archives, an emergency meeting held at the Lebanese Red Cross hospital in Acre concluded that the infection was water borne, not due to crowded or unhygienic conditions.[36] Brigadier Beveridge, chief of the British medical services, Colonel Bonnet of the British Army, and delegates of Red Cross were present in this meeting. Beveridge proclaimed at the time that "Nothing like that ever happened in Palestine". According to anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappé, even the guarded language of Red Cross reports points to outside poisoning as the sole explanation of the outbreak-- from the wiki. (talk) 10:00, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

Used by the British during the American revolution[edit]

"A British officer sent 300 smallpox-infected blankets to the rebel plantations during the Yorktown campaign of 1781, and the British may deliberately have used smallpox as a weapon of war in other instances.38 Apart from Fort Pitt in 1763, however, no other cases of the deliberate use of smallpox against Indians have been recorded."[1] Doug Weller talk 13:53, 5 July 2017 (UTC)

I recall this claim of use during the American Revolution has been discredited by reliable sources. @Rjensen: would you be able to comment? Whizz40 (talk) 14:41, 5 July 2017 (UTC)
I have not heard the Yorktown story. It's not mentioned in any of the RS I have seen. smallpox was a VERY dangerous disease to fool with. And the Americans knew all about it--Washington for example was very worried about it re Boston 1775-76. Does it sound likely that the enemy would be so generous as to donate a few hundred blankets that they badly needed themselves?? What happened in Virginia: the British offered freedom to runaway slaves, many of whom soon died of smallpox. see Gary Sellick “Undistinguished Destruction”: The Effects of Smallpox on British Emancipation Policy in the Revolutionary War" Journal of American Studies DOI: 2016 Rjensen (talk) 02:17, 6 July 2017 (UTC)

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