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Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Biodefense And Bioterrorism (Overview)

Biodefense and bioterrorism refer to activities around preventing and detecting malicious acts involving the use of bacteria, or other biologic agents. The use of mailed anthrax in 2001 was an example of bioterrorism.


Dr. Larry Lutwick
17 Doctors shared insights

Biodefense And Bioterrorism (Overview)

Biodefense and bioterrorism refer to activities around preventing and detecting malicious acts involving the use of bacteria, or other biologic agents. The use of mailed anthrax in 2001 was an example of bioterrorism.


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Besides bioterrorism, what natural ways may I contract smallpox?

Besides bioterrorism, what natural ways may I contract smallpox?

You won't: The last case of smallpox in the wild was found in samolia in 1977. Since it is only passed human to human, you have no source for natural spread. The world health organization declared smallpox eradicated in 1979 after offering a world bounty for 2 years for anyone finding another case. ...Read more

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Are the main sources of smallpox in modern times likely bioterrorism?

Are the main sources of smallpox in modern times likely bioterrorism?

Essentially none: Unless another poxvirus such as monkeypox mutates to be way more virulent. ...Read more

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Besides bioterrorism, what is the most likely cause of infection?

Besides bioterrorism, what is the most likely cause of infection?

Bioterrorism is rare: Please send your question to healthtap again, but add some details to help us answer you concerns. Thanks! ...Read more

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I am worried about bioterrorism, where can I find the smallpox vaccine?

No: Not currently. There was a volunteer vaccination program in the usa in 2003. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have bad adverse reactions to the smallpox vaccine if the government gives it out for bioterrorism?

Yes: There is a very small, but real risk to this vaccine of developing a fatal case of smallpox from the vaccine. But in an epidemic situation, this risk is far less than naturally becoming sick. Hopefully this scenario will never occur. ...Read more

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Does russia possess some of the newest and deadliest biological weapons?

Does russia possess some of the newest and deadliest biological weapons?

Probably: The soviet union had a well paid biological weapons development department there is little reason to assume that the break up of the communist system meant the elimination of these programs. The current government is unlikely to publicize such efforts. ...Read more

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Should I carry mask in middle east in case of biological weapons?

Should I carry mask in middle east in case of biological weapons?

No: Doubt it would have any benefit against a weaponized biological agent or a neurotoxin. You would need a biohazard set up or specialized mask to work. Thankfully the chance of such an attack is exceedingly small unless you plan on traveling into syria which would be a foolish idea. ...Read more

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Is there an occupation developing viral/biological weapons?

Is there an occupation developing viral/biological weapons?

Of course: In countries with advanced capabilities, this is certainly going on all of the time both for offensive and defensive purposes. Few are likely to publicize or discuss these activities; they remain seriously controlled state secrets. ...Read more

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I'm afraid of a bioterrorist anthrax attack, is there a publicly available vaccine?

I'm afraid of a bioterrorist anthrax attack, is there a publicly available vaccine?

Vaccine available: A vaccine is available and you should consult your doctor to determine need for it and your suitability as a recipient. Please note that you are more likely to get hit by lightening than get anthrax from a terrorist attack. ...Read more

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-ism what is this suffix mean?

-ism what is this suffix mean?

Greek: "Ism" is a suffix, (word ending) derived from Greek. It's use in the medical field means a condition or state. Here is an example;
Hypothyroidism-the condition or disease of low thyroid.
Hypo means low, thyroid is the gland and "ism" denotes the condition, the term does not describe the cause of the disease. I hope this answers your question. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Biological Weapons (Definition)

Biological weapons is a term for infectious diseases being used as weapons to disable, ...Read more


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