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Which is more likely to be a threat to national public health in the next 10 years: bioterrorism or explosion/bombings? Why?

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Which is more likely to be a threat to national public health in the next 10 years: bioterrorism or explosion/bombings? Why?

Bioterrorism is more likely to be a threat to the national public health in the next 10 years. The threat of bioterrorism has been escalated over the past few years by recent events in Iraq, Japan, and Russia. Smallpox and anthrax aare two well known candidate agents that contribute to bioterrorism. Examples of these agents being used as bioterrorism are when there were two epidemics of smallpox in Europe during the 1970s and by an accidental release of aerosolized anthrax from Russian bioweapons facility in 1979. The number of countries engaged in biological weapons experimentation has grown form 4 in the 1960s to 11 in the 1990s. A recent review of the problems posed by biological terrorism and warfare has been published and stated that biological terrorism is more than ever before to be more threatening then either explosives or chemicals. In addition, the prevention and countering bioterrorism will be extremely difficult. Biological weapons can be develop by looking at the available ...

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Biological weapons are a growing concern in the world today. The threat of bioterrorism became a reality a few years ago when recent events in Iraq, Japan, and Russia has displayed the use of biological weapons. Among the potential biological weapons are anthrax and smallpox. If there were a biological weapons attack on the US population, we will not be prepared to face these attack.

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