The Russians made and vaccine-proof anthrax.The Americans asked to see it,and the Russians refused.If that's not frightening enough,Alibek told Diane Sawyer that Russian scientific publlications have reported a genetic marriage between smallpox and a brain virus called VEE.He believes they have engineered yet another deadly genetic merger -
Infectious diseases may be introduced into an unsuspecting U.S.population not only from natural human,animal,or plant sources but also deliberately as part of a "bio-terrorism'scheme-that is,as part of release of pathogens intended to harm humans directly or to damage the animals,or plants on which we depend.Although casualties may be limited if unsophisticated groups deploy biological weapons attack is of gave concern.....
Unlike nuclear or conventional bombs or even chemical weapons,a biological weapon is unlikely to cause instant harm.Thus,because symptoms take time to develop,and act of bio-terrorism may go undetected for days or even weeks after it occurs.For example,if a biological agent were secretly in a busy metropolitan travel center such as Washington RR National Airport,cases affecting travelers might not begin to appear until 2 to 14 days later and then .
Dr.Osterholm went on to point out that infected individuals would not be met by trained "first response "teams,but would seek medical attention in emergency rooms,doctors'offices,and clinics in scattered locations.The man with the slight cough sitting next to you at church,the woman who shook your hands as your entered the door--anyone who had come in contact with biological agent could pass a fatal disease to you with out knowing it.
Have I scared you ? The folks in Washington are scared,too.
What could your Fire Deptpartments do,if and when this was to happen?