anthrax - Michael Miller MIC 438 2/20/07 HW #1 Anthrax as a...

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Michael Miller MIC 438 2/20/07 HW #1 Anthrax as a Bio-weapon Bacillus anthracis has been considered a potentially devastating bioterrorism weapon by many experts. The reason is that B. anthracis, in spore form can be rendered into a powder. The spore is exceedingly stable and remains dormant until favorable conditions exist for it to continue its life cycle. To convert this microbe into a weapon, a large quantity of these spores must be released into the air, where they will spread and infect people and animals who inhale the spores. In comparison with the treatise on an imagined bioterrorism attack with anthrax on a major U.S. target city, the actual attacks that occurred in 2001 in the US were not nearly as sensational. Instead of thousands of deaths and tens of thousands infected, only twenty two people were infected and five died. The difference between the two scenarios that may account for this is that in the imagined attack, a large quantity was released into the air directly. In the 2001 attack, the spore powder was applied to envelopes and
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