Weapons of Mass Destruction
Anthrax is originally an animal disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. There are two types of this disease, cutaneous and pulmonary. 95% of recent cases from the USA fell into the category of pulmonary anthrax. Cutaneous anthrax breaks out when bacteria from an infected animal get under the skin. A person with this disease has small protruding lesions on the skin, which gradually turn into purulent ulcers with swelling. If the lesion appears on the neck or around the eyes, it may indicate a complication. The incubation period for the cutaneous form of anthrax is 1-7 days. If the patient is not treated with effective antibiotics, the mortality rate for this disease is between 10 - 20%. With proper treatment, the mortality rate is less than 1%.
Finally, this series provides an overview of the basic biological agents and diseases that can be used for a biological attack, their characteristics and brief properties and protection options.
Brucellosis is an animal disease caused by one of four types of bacteria - brucella melitensis, brucella abortus, brucella suis and brucella canis.
The term "cruising missiles" includes a range of weapons with variable parameters: from Chinese Silkworms (HY-2) with a range of less than 105 kilometers, to American flat-flying missiles of the latest generation capable of overcoming distances up to 3000 kilometers.
Q fever is a disease of animal origin caused by Rickettsia Coxiella burnetti.
Currently, 31,000 nuclear missiles are directly deployed or stored in eight countries: China, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Of this number, 13,000 are deployed and 4,600 are on call, ready for immediate launch within minutes of notification. The combined explosive charge gives these weapons a force of 5,000 mega-tons, which is 200,000 times more than the bombs used on Hiroshima.