The Consequences of Biological Warfare

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In today’s society, numerous people have heard the term biological warfare being used more often. However, not everyone is well aware of how dangerous it really is. Biological warfare is executed in wars to kill a lot of people using deadly weapons such as: chemicals, biological agents, and radioactive toxins. Some people commonly mistake biological weapons with other weapons of mass destruction like nuclear, and chemical weapons. Although, there are a few differences between biological warfare and other hazardous weapons, people still need to realize how dangerous biological weapons are and how they can impact an individual’s life. Biological warfare is one of the unique ways of creating havoc in popular cities nowadays. It’s hard to recognize right away and it generates massive amounts of health related issues. In an article titled, “Introduction to Biological Weapons”, by Michael Stebbins, it states that biological weapons have been used for quite some time. “In 1346, the invading Tartar army catapulted the bodies of plague victims into the Crimean Peninsula city of Kaffa and infected its citizens. In 1763, British troops under General Jeffrey Amherst gave the Delaware Indians blankets used by people with smallpox, possibly infecting the susceptible native population. Japan contaminated food and released plague-infected ticks during their conflict with China during World War II. The 2001 anthrax letter attacks in the United States infected 22 people and killed five” (Stebbins, 2007). As one can see, the use of biological weapons has become popular to mankind throughout the years in various ways. Also, biotechnology has recently become much easier to supply weapons with deadly agents, chemicals, and other toxins. Thus, people ... ... middle of paper ... ...t for complications”(Mayo Clinic Staff, 2011). Works Cited Brian, Marshall, and Susan L. Nasr. "How Biological and Chemical Warfare Works." How Stuff Works. How Stuff Works, 27 Sept. 2001. Web. 29 Mar. 2014. . "Diseases and Conditions: Ebola Virus and Marburg Virus." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research., 18 June 2011. Web. 29 Mar. 2014. . Obringer, Lee Ann. "How Anthrax Works." How Stuff Works. How Stuff Works, 23 Oct. 2001. Web. 29 Mar. 2014. . Stebbins, Michael. "Introduction to Biological Weapons." Federation of American Scientists. Federation of American Scientists, 2007. Web. 29 Mar. 2014. .

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