Avoiding Armageddon
WMD: A Primer

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

Variable
Incubation Period:
(days)

18-24 hours
Duration of Illness:
(days)

Days
Existence of Vaccine:
No
Symptoms:
Fever, nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, kidney failure, circulatory collapse
Treatment:
Inhalation: therapy for acute lung injury and pulmonary edema Ingestion: gastric lavage, activated charcoal, fluid and electrolyte replacement

† 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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