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Bioterrorism is a form of terrorism where there is the intentional release of biological agents such as viruses, germs, or bacteria. Diseases caused by bioterrorism agents include anthrax, botulism, plague, smallpox, tularemia, brucellosis, food poisoning, Q fever, ricin toxin poisoning, cholera, epidemic typhus, viral encephalitis, XDR TB, and MDR TB.

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    • Arsenic Poisoning Arsenic comes in two forms, inorganic and organic. Organic arsenic poisoning is usually not poisonous to humans; however,...learn more »
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      Arsenic Poisoning Article
      • Arsenic facts
      • What is arsenic?
      • What is inorganic arsenic?
      • What is organic arsenic?
      • What are the symptoms of arsenic poisoning?
      • How is arsenic poisoning diagnosed?
      • How is arsenic poisoning treated?
      • What is the prognosis (outcome) of arsenic poisoning?
      • In what foods (rice), products (apple juice) , or liquids (water) is arsenic found, where it is used, and what are safe limits?
    • Salmonella Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is typically caused by the consumption of contaminated foods. Symptoms of salmonellosis...learn more »
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      Salmonella Article
      • Salmonella food poisoning facts
      • What is Salmonella food poisoning?
      • What causes Salmonella outbreaks? How does Salmonella spread?
      • What are risk factors for Salmonella food poisoning?
      • What are symptoms and signs of Salmonella poisoning?
      • Is Salmonella contagious?
      • What is the incubation period for a Salmonella infection?
      • What is the contagious period for salmonellosis?
      • What kinds of doctors treat Salmonella food poisoning?
      • How do physicians diagnose Salmonella food poisoning?
      • What is the treatment for Salmonella food poisoning?
      • What are complications of Salmonella food poisoning?
      • What is the prognosis of Salmonella food poisoning?
      • Is it possible to prevent Salmonella food poisoning?
    • Botulism Botulism is an illness caused by a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are three types of botulism:...learn more »
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      Botulism Article
      • Botulism facts
      • What is botulism?
      • What causes botulism?
      • How many kinds of botulism are there?
      • How serious is botulism?
      • How does botulism neurotoxin affect the body?
      • What kind of organism is Clostridium botulinum?
      • How common is botulism?
      • What are botulism symptoms and signs?
      • How soon do symptoms appear?
      • What are risk factors for botulism?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose botulism?
      • What is the treatment for botulism?
      • What specialists treat botulism?
      • What are complications from botulism?
      • What is the prognosis (outcome) of people with botulism?
      • Is it possible to prevent botulism?
      • Is botulism neurotoxin really considered to be a potential biological weapon?
      • Why are botulism neurotoxins used as cosmetic treatments or treatments for some medical conditions?
    • Meningitis Encephalitis is a brain inflammation that causes sudden fever, vomiting, headache, light sensitivity, stiff neck and back,...learn more »
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      Meningitis Article
      • Encephalitis and meningitis facts
      • What is encephalitis?
      • What causes encephalitis?
      • What are encephalitis symptoms and signs?
      • Is encephalitis contagious?
      • Is it possible to prevent encephalitis? Is there an encphalitis vaccine?
      • What is meningitis?
      • What causes meningitis?
      • What are meningitis symptoms and signs?
      • What is encephalomyelitis?
      • How are encephalitis and meningitis diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment of encephalitis and meningitis?
      • What is the prognosis (outlook), and what are the complications for patients with encephalitis or meningitis?
      • Is meningitis contagious?
      • Is it possible to prevent meningitis? Is there a meningitis vaccine?
    • Flu (Influenza) Influenza (flu) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache,...learn more »
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      Flu (Influenza) Article
      • Flu (influenza, conventional, H1N1, H3N2, and bird flu [H5N1]) facts
      • What is flu (influenza)?
      • When does flu season begin and end?
      • Flu vs. cold
      • What are the causes of the flu (influenza)?
      • What are flu (influenza) symptoms in adults and in children?
      • What is the incubation period for the flu?
      • How long is the flu contagious, and how long does the flu last?
      • How is the flu (influenza) diagnosed?
      • How does flu spread?
      • What is the key to flu (influenza) prevention?
      • Are there any flu shot or nasal spray vaccine side effects in adults or in children?
      • How effective is the flu vaccine?
      • Why should the flu (influenza) vaccine be taken every year?
      • What are some flu treatments an individual can do at home (home remedies)?
      • What types of doctors treat the flu?
      • What can people eat when they have the flu?
      • When should a person go to the emergency department for the flu?
      • Who should receive the flu vaccine, and who has the highest risk factors? When should someone get the flu shot?
      • What is the prognosis for patients who get the flu? What are possible complications of the flu?
      • Can the flu be deadly?
      • What is the bird (avian) flu?
      • Do antiviral agents protect people from the flu?
      • What medications treat the flu?
      • Is it safe to get a flu shot that contains thimerosal?
      • Where can people find additional information about the flu?

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Terms related to Bioterrorism:

  • Biological Agent
  • Biological Disease