Avoiding Armageddon
WMD: A Primer

Biological Weapons
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Biological Weapons
Anthrax Plague Tularemia Q fever Smallpox Botulinum Ricin
Smallpox (virus)
Contagious:
Yes
Smallpox victim
Mortality:
(if untreated)

30%
Incubation Period:
(days)

7-17
Duration of Illness:
(days)

10-28
Existence of Vaccine:
Yes
Symptoms:
Malaise, fever, chills, vomiting, headache, backache; 2-3 days later, flat red spots appear and progress to pus-filled lesions on skin and lining of the mouth and throat
Treatment:
Intravenous hydration, nutrition, pain control, studies show promising results from antiviral drugs, if given very early

† 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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