Watching and reading the news, I am now convinced that the virus is not smallpox but rather modified virus based on smallpox. Why? Because the symptoms are similar but, ah, what is word, tweaked. Faster transmission. More lethal. Optimized. This is what I was trying to defend against: modified viruses, weaponized for terrorism. I remember having long talks with Dr. Amherst about it. The consul will not allow me to contact the DCD and share what I know. They say soon we are leaving the United States. That I am so close to being able to help yet so far makes me angry. And terribly sad. I still have heard nothing from Dr. Amherst. I fear the worst.

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