Category Archives: Biological

Ebola outbreak in Uganda 2012

The Ebola outbreak in Uganda has reached 38 cases with 16 deaths since July 1. All the patients came from a rural region west of Kampala. Laboratory tests reveal the virus to be the Sudan strain of Ebola which carries … Continue reading

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Plague

Plague is a disease found mainly in rats, ground squirrels, and prairie dogs caused by a Gram-negative bacillus. It is normally transmitted by a fleabite except in its respiratory form when it passes from human to human by respiratory droplets. … Continue reading

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Anthrax as a biological weapon

Anthrax makes an effective biological weapon because Bacillus anthracis forms spores that can survive for decades and which are highly resistant to antibiotics, certain forms of radiation, and extremes of temperature. These spores can be delivered in an aerosol and … Continue reading

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Introduction to High Tech Terror

One of the perplexing problems faced by first line defenders against a bioterrorist attack is the incubation period between exposure and manifestation of symptoms.  Thus victims exposed to an organism at one locality may move to another area, even another … Continue reading

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