Twenty years ago following 9/11, there was another deadly terrorist attack in the form of sending Anthrax through the mail.
Five died and dozens were exposed to the deadly spores.
From a nuclear weapon standpoint, the United States doesn’t seem at all prepared for terrorist attacks like this again, but what about the natural spread of Anthrax?
What deadly diseases are hiding in the Arctic permafrost?
Remnants from history are buried and frozen within the Arctic permafrost, but a heatwave hit Europe in 2016 and started melting it.
A reindeer carcass that was infected with Anthrax had been buried and frozen in 1941 and thawed.
The spores made their was up to the top layer of soil as well as water nearby, infecting thousands of reindeer and people that depend on the deer for food.
At the end of August a child had died and over 100 others were hospitalized.
At the moment over 100 bacteria have been discovered in the permafrost that are antibiotic resistant.
Also hiding in the permafrost are nuclear remnants from the Russians testing weapons from 1990 to 1995. Nearby are over 100 nuclear submarines that were abandoned.
What other viruses are hiding in the permafrost?
Anthrax isn’t the only known virus lurking under the ice.
Bodies from the 1918 flu pandemic are buried out there as well. So are bodies of Siberian’s who died during the 1890s when Smallpox spread.
Unknown viruses have been discovered as well, with what scientists call “pandoraviruses.” These aren’t harmful to humans, but there is a possibility that viruses are in the permafrost that can be harmful.
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