Invisible Death

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On September 18, 2001, upon opening an envelope that was placed in their mail, five innocent victims died. This event took place just seven days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers and marked the first bioterrorist attacks on the United States. The “Amerithrax” attack, as it is commonly known, was aimed at news media offices and two Senators. The envelopes contained spores believed to be anthrax (“2001”). Anthrax is one of over 1,200 known biological agents (“FEMA”). It is one of the most commonly used and one of the most fatal. Biological warfare is an evil that should be ceased because of the affects of the biological agents, the horrors of the history of using biological warfare, and because of the future that biological warfare has. The term biological warfare describes the use of weapons containing biological agents to infect and even kill the enemy. There exist more than 1,200 known agents that can be put into weapon form easily lethal to humans (“FEMA”). One of the most famous types of biological agents used in the “Amerithrax” attacks is anthrax (“2001”). Anthrax affects both humans and animals but mainly located in ruminant animals. Even though treatments and antibiotics are known, the spores can lie dormant for centuries before inhaled, ingested, or they come in contact with skin. Once they do, however, they rapidly multiply and become contagious to others that come in contact with it (“Anthrax”). Another famous type of biological agent used in bioterrorism is ricin. Ricin comes from the castor bean and is a protein. The powder or crystal form is contracted through either inhalation or injection. The toxin may cause severe allergic reactions (“CDC”). Another toxin included as a biological agent is b... ... middle of paper ... ...gnosis and Treatment on MedicineNet.com." Web. 31 Mar. 2010. . "Biological Warfare." Internet Dermatology Society. Web. 17 Mar. 2010. . "Botulism; Botulinum Toxin." Neuromuscular Home Page. Web. 31 Mar. 2010. . "CDC | Facts About Ricin." CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response Site. Web. 31 Mar. 2010. . "FEMA: Biological Threats." Federal Emergency Management Agency. Web. 17 Mar. 2010. . "Potential Biological Weapons Threats." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web. 18 Mar. 2010. . "WHO | Cholera." Web. 31 Mar. 2010. .
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