Avoiding Armageddon
WMD: A Primer

Biological Weapons
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Biological Weapons
Anthrax Plague Tularemia Q fever Smallpox Botulinum Ricin
Botulinum (toxin)
Contagious:
No
Botulinum
Mortality:
(if untreated)

60-100%
Incubation Period:
(days)

1-5
Duration of Illness:
(days)

Days to weeks
Existence of Vaccine:
Yes
Symptoms:
Weakness, dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, difficulty talking and swallowing, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, progressive paralysis, eventual asphyxia
Treatment:
Intensive medical and nursing care in hospital, possible use of ventilator for respiratory paralysis, antitoxin could be helpful if used 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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