Bioterrorism: Smallpox Smallpox is a highly infectious and fatal disease caused by the Variola virus. It causes extremely painful pustules to sprout across the entire body. Spread from human to human, it has since been eradicated from the world through the efforts of the World Health Organization. However, there is a distinct possibility that it may be reintroduced through bioterrorism. Biological weapons may cause another pandemic to erupt across the world and kill millions of individuals.
Others letters such as this started popping up in major American media companies [Tom Brokaw at NBC], making the nation terrified to open mail. The man sending these letters, nicknamed Amerithrax by the FBI, was a bioterrorist- a person purposefully causing disease to create terror through bioagents. The infamous among the infamous is anthrax- a deadly, invisible bacteria that silently kills quickly and efficiently- perfect for bioterrorists, and threatening to the world. This deadly bacterium goes all through history and is feared globally. It started back in 1500 B.C., where an Egyptian plague affected livestock.
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