The easiest way for a bioterrorist to spread an infectious disease is through using living hosts. Since many terrorist organizations are devoted to suicide, that is not much of a hurdle. The hosts must be infected and in the United States before their disease begins to show.
Over the next few days, we will look at the threats from infectious diseases, biological toxins, the potential sources of biological agents and the measures that have been or need to be taken to counter bioterrorism. There will be a little history and a little speculation, as well.
“We have reached a truly remarkable milestone following more than five years of deliberate, but careful, operations,” Timothy K. Garrett, ANCDF site project manager, said. “All nerve-agent munitions — those containing GB and those containing VX — have been safely processed.”
Because the park lacks a forensics lab, he did the postmortem in his garage, in a village of about 2,000 park employees.
Epidemic experts can only speculate about what happened next. When York cut into the lion, he must have released a cloud of bacteria and breathed in. On Nov. 2, York was found dead, a 21st-century victim of plague, the disease that in the Middle Ages turned Europe into a vast mortuary. He was 37.
As localities created their emergency plans, it was evident that in the event of certain disasters resources beyond those available at the local level would be necessary. Emergency plans were expanded to include regional, state-wide and national resources.
Each succeeding level of resources would serve to fill in, supplement or provide those things that the lower levels could not. At the top of the chain of resource procurement would be the United States military.