Although
smallpox has been eradicated worldwide, the disease still exists in two
laboratories, one of which is located in the United States and the other in
Russia. In the decades following the eradication of the disease, the prevalence
of smallpox vaccinations declined, which has led to a large fraction of the
global population today susceptible to the disease. As a result, there is a
concern for the potential destruction caused in the event of an outbreak and
debate for the destruction of all samples of smallpox. The discovery of vials
containing smallpox in July 2014 as described in the article will be used in
discussion of the two sides of the ongoing debate regarding whether smallpox,
in its entirety, should be exterminated. All three quotes will serve as strong
arguments for the pro-destruction side as they exemplify the fact that despite
the efforts of government agencies and international organizations to contain
the final samples of smallpox, the disease has been found in an unsuitable and insufficiently
contained location.