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Third death follows smallpox vaccination

A 55-year-old National Guardsman died this week from a heart attack, the Pentagon said Friday, in the third such death following a smallpox vaccination. The Defense Department is now joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in deferring people with heart disease from the vaccinations until any possible relationship can be investigated, said Dr. Bill Winkenwerder, assistant secretary of defense for health-related affairs. Winkenwerder said the soldier also smoked and had high cholesterol, and an autopsy showed that he had coronary disease. Because of those findings, Winkenwerder said, it appears unlikely that the vaccine was the cause of death. The man suffered the heart attack on Tuesday and died Wednesday, Winkenwerder said. CDC issued a warning after two people died of heart attacks and cardiac problems were seen in 17 others who had been inoculated. Full Story

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