Plague

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When we hear about terrorists the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind is explosions, crashing planes, suicide bombers, and violence. The definition of terrorism itself states “the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes,” but we wrongfully neglect the other form of terror that could be set upon individuals termed bioterrorism. This form of terrorism is the release of bacteria, viruses, or other pathogens to harm or even cause death to people. Terrorists use these agents and are able to alter them to increase their ability to spread to the environment, become more resistant to medicines like antibiotics, and cause disease forming a weapon that although not violent, could cause as much death as any other weapon of mass destruction. This form of terrorism is especially concerning because of its silence and delay to be exposed as a threat. These weapons are hard to detect, take some time to cause illness, and some forms are contagious and are easily spread from person to person. This means that a vast majority of a population could be infected as illness is transmitted fast from person to person. There are three distinct categories bioterrorism agents could be organized into depending of the severity of the illness and the amount of death that it could cause. Category A agents cause the most death and health issues to the public and cause a greater concern to the national security. Category B is less of a priority but must still be considered a threat to contain as it causes illness and deaths and Category C is of the least priority because it considers agents that are not yet causing harm but could be easily accessed to form bioweapons and later emerge as threats to the population... ... middle of paper ... ...he bloodstream if not treated in time and will spread to other parts of the body including the liver, spleen, and lungs leading us to the other forms of the plague. Septicemic plague could either result from the bite of a flea or when one becomes infected through contact with contaminated fluid or tissue from animals with Y. pestis. The infection is spread in the blood and affects different parts of the body. Lastly pneumonic plague, being the most serious form of the plague, arises once a human host’s lungs become infected by Y. pestis bacteria. This happens either through the failure of treating bubonic and septicemic plague or most commonly transmitted from inhalation of Y. pestis from another human or animal. This form of the plague is most concerning as it could be used as a bioterrorism agent in an aerosol release and will spread rapidly from person to person.

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