The effects of biological weapons on the past and the present

Biological warfare

A few developed countries may already be capable to overcome these hurdles [47]. During Aprilan epidemic of anthrax occurred among the citizens of Sverdlovsk now EkaterinburgRussia.

The Effects of Biological Weapons on the Past and Present

Category C agents include emerging disease agents that could be engineered for mass dissemination in the future, such as Nipah virus. Although WNV is primarily a disease of birds, mammals are common secondary but dead-end hosts for this virus.

Chemical and Biological Weapons: Use in Warfare, Impact on Society and Environment

During the entire war between these two countries chemical weapons killed 5, out of the totalfrom all causes, i. A biowarfare attack would not only cause sickness and death in a large number of victims but would also aim to create fear, panic, and paralyzing uncertainty. In order to curb the production of chemical weapons, require their identification, e.

Can it serve as a deterrent? It has been reported recently that the US tested a Soviet-designed germ bomb and assembled a germ factory in the Nevada desert from commercially available materials, in particular to produce potentially more potent variant of the bacterium that causes anthrax, a deadly disease ideal for germ warfare [42].

Affects it has on people III. Virulent strains of natural disease pathogens known to have been cultured and tested for bioweapon attacks against domesticated livestock e. The question can be asked if DU is mainly a chemical, or a radiological weapon?

These acts produced 3, nonfatal injuries Americans, out of them by salmonella food poisoning by an Oregan-based religious sect. Many NATO countries may follow suite. The history of bovine tuberculosis and rinderpest in Africa and brucellosis in North America shows that exotic diseases may be difficult or impossible to eradicate once they have been introduced and have become established in wild species within new localities.

Perhaps the oldest traditional application of bioweapon techniques has been the contamination or poisoning of drinking water sources using animal carcasses, human cadavers, feces, or poisonous plants and their derivatives.

Other defense experts and scientists insist that the possibility of any attack, especially a large-scale one, is small, given the immense challenges to cultivating, weaponizing, and deploying biological agents. Allegedly before Marchthe cult had attempted 3 unsuccessful biological attacks in Japan using anthrax and botulinum toxin.

Contamination time is between several hours and several weeks.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

During the Second World War the British concentrated on various herbicides. White phosphorous is used as a shell and grenade filler in combination with a small high-explosive charge.Diseases and biological toxins have been used as weapons of war throughout recorded history, from at least as early as Biblical times to the present day.

Historically, bioweapons were used primarily, although not exclusively, for direct attacks against human populations. The Effects of Biological Weapons on the Past and Presents Society Thesis: Biological Warfare is morally and inhumanely wrong, It is the wrongful killing of men, women, and children.

It should be stopped no matter what the circumstances are. However, if one wants to maintain the term “Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)“, it is a defendable view to exclude chemical and biological weapons, but put together with nuclear weapons all those that actually has killed millions of people in civil wars since World War II.

Biological weapon

For an introduction to atomic physics and nuclear weapons effects, see: For a discussion of some of the drawbacks of the broad term "weapons of mass destruction," see: Owen R.

Cote, Jr., "Weapons of Mass Confusion: A security strategy doomed to failure." CNS provides an overview of past and present chemical and biological weapons. Biological weapons include any microorganism (such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi) or toxin (poisonous compounds produced by microorganisms) found in nature that can be used to kill or injure people.

In effect, biological warfare is using non-human life to disrupt — or end — human life. Because living organisms can be unpredictable and incredibly resilient, biological weapons are difficult to control, potentially devastating on a global scale, and prohibited globally under numerous treaties.

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