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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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    • 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, conventional, H1N1, H3N2, and bird flu [H5N1]) facts
      • What is influenza?
      • What are the causes of the flu?
      • What are flu symptoms in adults and in children?
      • How is the flu diagnosed?
      • What is the key to flu prevention?
      • Are there any flu shot or nasal spray vaccine side effects in adults or in children?
      • Why should the influenza vaccine be taken every year?
      • What are some treatments an individual can do at home for 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 (outlook) and complications for patients who get the flu?
      • What is the bird (avian) flu?
      • Do antiviral agents protect people from the flu?
      • Is it safe to get a flu shot that contains thimerosal?
      • Where can I find additional information about the flu?
    • Dengue Fever Dengue fever is contracted from the bite of a striped Aedes aegypti mosquito. Symptoms of dengue include headache, fever,...learn more »
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      Dengue Fever Article
      • Dengue fever facts
      • What is dengue fever?
      • What geographic areas are at high risk for contracting dengue fever?
      • How is dengue fever contracted?
      • What are dengue fever symptoms and signs?
      • How is dengue fever diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for dengue fever?
      • What is the prognosis for typical dengue fever?
      • What is dengue hemorrhagic fever?
      • How can dengue fever be prevented?
      • Where can people get more information on dengue fever?
    • E. coli (0157:H7) There are many types of E. coli (Escherichia coli ). Pathogenic E. coli can cause urinary tract and bladder infections, or lead...learn more »
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      E. coli (0157:H7) Article
      • E. coli Facts
      • What is E. coli?
      • What is E. coli 0157:H7?
      • Is E. coli 0157:H7 contagious?
      • What are the symptoms of E. coli 0157:H7 infections?
      • How is a E. coli 0157:H7 infection diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for E. coli 0157:H7?
      • What are the complications of infection with E. coli 0157:H7?
      • How do people contract E. coli 0157:H7 infections?
      • E. coli 0157:H7 and prevention of outbreaks
      • Other enterohemorrhagic E. coli strains (for example, 0145, 026:H11, 0104:H4 and 0121)
    • 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?
      • 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?
      • Can meningitis be prevented?
    • 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?
      • What foods (rice), products (apple juice) , or liquids (water) is arsenic found in, where it is used, and what are safe limits?
    • 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?
      • How is botulism diagnosed?
      • How is botulism treated?
      • What are complications from botulism?
      • What is the prognosis (outcome) of people with botulism?
      • Can botulism be prevented?
      • 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?

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