Preparing for Bioterrorism

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Intro: Breathe in, breathe out. That one little gasp of oxygen could be your last. No one can see it, feel it, tough it, or even smell it, but it could kill everyone in that room. Even you. Go ahead, check your hands, that door handle you just touched was infected with a biological agent that has left you with 12 hours to live if you are lucky. No one can help you, not the CDC, not the Government, not your doctor. This is a biological attack happening, right there on your hand, you don’t even know it though so you will shake someone’s hand and it will spread like wild fire. Yes, you are inadvertently helping cripple the nation. This is biological warfare. This is what could happen at any moment and no one would know. This is exactly what the United States Government is worried about. Biological warfare is the next from in war, nuclear war is not possible without destroying the planet so the terrorist and other countries have turned to technology to instill fear in their opponents. America is not ready for this, our medical professionals who are supposed to save lives have no idea how to, our technology is not advanced enough to create an antimicrobial agent fast enough to save people. America is not ready. Bioterrorism is the next frontier while America is playing catch-up. The government, Department of Defense or Homeland Security, should be more prepared for these future attacks because it is not a matter of what if; it is matter of when. Overview of the Problem: The United States of America is unquestionably not ready for a full scale biological attack. Bioterrorism is defined as terrorist acts involving the use of harmful agents and products of biological origin, as disease-producing microorganisms or toxins. It is as easy as... ... middle of paper ... ...evista Academiei Fortelor Terestre 15.3 (2010): 283-289. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 May 2014. Canyon, Deon V. "An Assessment Of Bioterrorism Competencies Among Health Practitioners In Australia." Emerging Health Threats 2.(2009): 1-14. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 May 2014. Lindsay, CD, and GD Griffiths. "Addressing Bioterrorism Concerns: Options For Investigating The Mechanism Of Action Of Staphylococcus Aureus Enterotoxin B." Human & Experimental Toxicology 32.6 (2013): 606-619. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 May 2014. Ouagrham-Gormley, Sonia Ben. "Barriers To Bioweapons." International Security 36.4 (2012): 80-114. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 May 2014. Sekhar Kar, Sitanshu, H. K. Pradhan, and B. Pattnaik. "Bioterrorism: How Prepared Are We?." Indian Journal Of Medical Specialities 3.1 (2012): 43-48. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 May 2014.
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