Biological Warfare Term Paper by Nicky

An examination of the threat of biological warfare.
# 151476 | 1,996 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2012 | US

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This paper examines the types of agents which could be utilized for biological warfare, the putative means of entry into the general population and modes of transmission and the timelines of a spread of disease. The paper looks at the potential prophylactic actions and biodefense which could be preemptively employed and shows how bioterrorism represents a real and significant danger in a modern world.

Potential Biological Weapons
Entry into the Populace and Modes of Transmission

From the Paper:

"The most effective method of dealing with potential biological attacks is through preventative action. Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the United States has re-invigorated efforts to prevent the potential release or use of bioagents within the United States (Cordesman; Petsko; Ryan & Glarum; Fidler & Gostin). These efforts include: expansion of international efforts to prevent terrorist acquisition of biological agents, initiated BioWatch program to detect initial releases of biological weapons within the environment, launched food programs to carefully inspect foods for potential bioagents (with greater focus on foreign foods), expanded bioterrorism research (including Project Bioshield, a program to develop medical ripostes to biological agents), and increased medical stockpiles and training for dealing with bioterrorism attacks (Cordesman; Lindler, Lebeda, & Korch; Petsko; Fidler & Gostin). These efforts will help to both prevent the initial release of any biological agents within the general populace or environment, as well as effectively treat afflicted individuals and slow spread through appropriate treatments.
"Once biological agents are released into the general population, the extent of disease spread and number of individuals afflicted will be significantly affected by the role and effectiveness of the government through quarantine and treatment (Cordesman; Lindler, Lebeda, & Korch). The ability to deal with the biological agent will also depend on the capacity of the government to identify the bioagent which has been utilized."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cole, Leonard A. The Eleventh Plague. Macmillan, 2002. Print.
  • Cordesman, Anthony H. The challenge of biological terrorism. CSIS, 2005. Print.
  • Fidler, David P., and Lawrence O. Gostin. Biosecurity in the global age. Stanford University Press, 2008. Print.
  • Kortepeter, M G, and G W Parker. "Potential biological weapons threats." Emerging Infectious Diseases 5.4 (1999): 523-527. Print.
  • Lederberg, Joshua. Biological weapons. MIT Press, 1999. Print.

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