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Bracing for Armageddon?The Science and Politics of Bioterrorism in America$
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William R Clark

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336214.001.0001

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Agents of Terror

Agents of Terror

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(p.41) Chapter 3 Agents of Terror
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Bracing for Armageddon?
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William R. Clark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336214.003.0003

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has defined a list of human pathogens that are of highest concern for possible use as bioweapons. These agents, most of which had been developed as agents for biological warfare, are described in this chapter. The diseases caused by these agents are now quite rare, and the experience of medical and public health personnel in dealing with them is limited. The course of diseases resulting from various means of exposure are described, along with what is known of the ability of humans to respond to and recover from them. In most cases, adeqaute vaccines do not exist, and only a few effective drugs are available.

Keywords:   CDC A-list, anthrax, smallpox, botulin toxin, plague, tularemia, Ebola, Q fever, HIV

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