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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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    • Brucellosis The bacteria Brucella causes brucellosis, an infectious zoonotic disease in humans. Symptoms and signs include fatigue, fever,...learn more »
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      Brucellosis Article
      • Brucellosis facts
      • What is brucellosis?
      • What is the history of brucellosis?
      • What are causes of brucellosis?
      • What are risk factors for brucellosis?
      • How does brucellosis spread to humans?
      • What are symptoms and signs of brucellosis?
      • How do physicians diagnose brucellosis?
      • What are brucellosis treatments?
      • What is the prognosis of brucellosis?
      • Is it possible to prevent brucellosis? Is there a brucellosis vaccine?
    • Q Fever Q fever is a highly infectious disease that causes high fever, diarrhea, cough, and sweating. Infected animals may transmit Q...learn more »
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      Q Fever Article
      • Q fever facts
      • What is Q fever?
      • Where does the name Q fever come from? What causes Q fever?
      • How does Q fever spread?
      • Who is at risk for getting Q fever?
      • Are there different forms of Q fever?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of Q fever?
      • How do physicians diagnose Q fever?
      • Is Q fever deadly?
      • Is Q fever contagious?
      • What is the danger of getting Q fever while pregnant?
      • What complications may arise with Q fever?
      • What is the prognosis for Q fever?
      • If it is not Q fever, what else could it be?
      • What should people do if they have been exposed to Q fever?
      • Is there any treatment for Q fever?
      • Is there a vaccine against Q fever?
      • Is Q fever a bioterrorism threat?
      • Where can people find more information about Q fever?
    • Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR TB) Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) is a rare form of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) that's transmitted...learn more »
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      Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR TB) Article
      • What is XDR TB?
      • How is XDR TB spread?
      • Why is XDR TB so serious?
      • Who is at risk for getting XDR TB?
      • How can I prevent myself from getting TB?
      • Can the TB vaccine (BCG) help prevent XDR TB?
      • If I have regular (drug-susceptible) TB, how can I prevent getting drug-resistant TB?
      • Can XDR TB be treated and cured?
      • What are the symptoms of XDR TB?
      • What should I do if I have been around someone who has XDR TB?
      • How long does it take to find out if you have XDR TB?
      • Is XDR TB a problem in the United States?
      • How many cases of XDR TB have been reported in the United States?
      • Is it safe to travel where cases of XDR TB have been reported?
      • What can health care providers do to prevent XDR TB?
      • Are immigrants putting the U.S. at increased risk for TB?
      • Why haven't we heard about XDR TB before now?
      • What is CDC doing to prevent XDR TB from becoming a bigger problem?
    • Salmonella Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is typically caused by the consumption of contaminated foods. Symptoms of salmonellosis...learn more »
      In This Article
      Salmonella Article
      • Salmonella food poisoning facts
      • What is Salmonella food poisoning?
      • What causes Salmonella food poisoning?
      • What are risk factors for Salmonella food poisoning?
      • What are symptoms and signs of Salmonella 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?
    • Plague (Black Death) Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. Transmission to humans occurs via fleas that have bitten...learn more »
      In This Article
      Plague (Black Death) Article
      • Plague (Black Death) facts
      • What is plague? What is the history of plague?
      • What causes plague?
      • What are risk factors for plague?
      • What are plague symptoms and signs?
      • How do physicians diagnose plague?
      • What is the treatment for plague?
      • What is the prognosis of plague?
      • Is it possible to prevent plague?
      • What are modern concerns about plague?
    • Thallium Thallium is a metal that can be found in small amounts in the soil. When thallium enters the environment through coal-burning or...learn more »
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      Thallium Article
      • What is thallium?
      • What happens to thallium when it enters the environment?
      • How might I be exposed to thallium?
      • How can thallium affect my health?
      • How likely is thallium to cause cancer?
      • Is there a medical test to show whether I've been exposed to thallium?
      • Has the federal government made recommendations to protect human health?
      • Where can I get more information?

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