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Glossary for Bioterrorism

  • Anthrax: A serious infectious bacterial disease that can be fatal.
  • Brucellosis: An infectious disease caused by the Brucella genus which is transmitted from animals to humans.
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Glanders: An infectious disease caused by a bacterium (Burkholderia mallei). It is usually a disease that affects horses and mules but can also infect other animals and humans. Human infection usually occurs in laboratory settings or in those with prolonged contact with infected animals. Symptoms are determined by whether infection occurs through the skin or via the lungs or blood stream. Bloodstream infections are the most severe and usually result in death within weeks.
  • Melioidosis: Bacterial infection from soil or water.
  • Plague: A rare but serious bacterial infection involving the bacterium Yersinia Pestis which can be carried by rodents and transmitted to humans by flea bites or through direct contact with an infected animal.
  • Salmonella food poisoning: Common type of food poisoning.
  • Smallpox: Dangerous virus now almost eliminated worldwide by vaccination.


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