Avoiding Armageddon
WMD: A Primer

Biological Weapons
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Biological Weapons
Anthrax Plague Tularemia Q fever Smallpox Botulinum Ricin
Plague (bacterium) pneumonic/septic
Contagious: Yes Plague
Mortality:
(if untreated)

100%
Incubation Period:
(days)

1-6
Duration of Illness:
(days)

If untreated, usually fatal
within 6 days
Existence of Vaccine:
Yes (not in U.S.)
Symptoms:
High fever, chills, toxemia, rapid progression of pneumonia, respiratory failure, cyanosis, circulatory collapse
Treatment:
Antibiotics, supportive care

† Effective medical treatment varies with each individual patient and with the circumstances of exposure. For more information consult your personal physician or a medical professional.

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