- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 26, 2003

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Federal officials are investigating whether the smallpox vaccine contributed to the heart-attack death of a Maryland woman and brought on heart problems in six others.
The vaccination has never been associated with heart problems, but health officials are now recommending that people with a history of heart trouble refrain from being vaccinated while authorities look for a link.
"It's a balance, and I think we want to err on the side of safety," Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, said yesterday.
Three of the seven persons under investigation suffered heart attacks, including the Maryland woman who died, another woman who is now on life support and a third woman who was hospitalized and released. All three were health-care workers in their 50s.
The death of the woman, a hospital worker in Salisbury, Md., is the first associated with either the civilian vaccination program that began two months ago or the military program launched in December.

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