Chemical and Biological Warfare

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3
The Major Biological
Weapons and Their Effects
Investigators soon determined that someone who knew how to culture, handle, and disperse the bacteria had caused the anthrax infections after September 11, 2001. They knew this because:
1. The live anthrax bacteria must first be cultured in a wet medium. Then the wet medium has to be dried. During the drying process the anthrax bacteria are converted to spores. This dry formulation is converted to a fine powder capable of infecting humans. To be in fective, the powder has to be fine enough to bypass the hairs in the human nose and bronchi that keep large particles from entering the respiratory tract;

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Part I - [Man's Inhumanity to Man 7
  • 2 - The Bioterror Attacks of 2001 23
  • 3 - The Major Biological Weapons and Their Effects 37
  • 4 - The Major Chemical Weapons and Their Effects 54
  • Part II - An Old Scourge Made New 64
  • 6 - Tests and Accidents 79
  • 7 - Protecting Soldiers from Chemical and Biological Weapons 88
  • Part III - Current Events and Policy Options 96
  • 9 - Cheaters and Remedies 112
  • 10 - Protecting Ourselves and the World 121
  • Notes 130
  • Further Information 137
  • Bibliography 139
  • Index 140
  • About the Author 144
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