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Agents of Bioterror

As many as 17 nations, including several the U.S. State Department considers "state sponsors of terrorism," have developed lethal biological agents as weapons of war. The list of bacteria, viruses, and toxins explored by these weapons programs is vast—running in the dozens. We focus on eight agents that may pose the greatest threats.

Most of these deadly pathogens are difficult to obtain, process, and most critically, deploy to cause mass casualties. Yet we must understand these agents—how they would be used and the diseases they trigger—to prepare for even the most unlikely bioterrorist attack.

Anthrax   Botulism   Cholera   Glanders

Plague   Q Fever   Smallpox   Tularemia

Chart of the 8 agents

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