Brucellosis is a very threatening biological weapon in the sense that it does not cause fatality, but incapacitates its victims. Not only this, but it is hard to diagnose since the symptoms it induces are extremely nonspecific. Bioterrorism has existed for countless years, and there is no doubt that it will be used in the future. The only thing we have to worry about now is how it will be put to use. Despite going through the trouble of setting up pacts to prevent the use of biological weapons, its presence continues to cause problems on a worldwide scale.
It is often said that what we fear the most is in fact fear itself. Happiness cannot negate it, but simply aids in distracting the mind from it; ignorance, on
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Despite its notoriety, however, Anthrax was mainly focused in Great Britain, whereas the first microorganism that the United States of America developed as a biological weapon was Brucellosis (“Bacterial Weapon Acting on Humans and Livestock”). Brucellosis is listed as a category B threat agent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Anderson 5). All biological weapons are either in category A, category B, or category C. Being in category B indicates that even though low mortality is a feature of this disease, it poses enough complications that surveillance on this bacterium is required. Not only this, but Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be transmitted from animals to humans, which is the only way this specific bacteria can infect humans. Human-to-human transmission is incredibly rare for the strain of Brucellosis humans are inoculated with. These factors and more contribute to the way in which biological agents are classified. Those in category A are transmitted easily between people, cause high mortality rates, and excites panic to cause chaos. From the other side, weapons in category C are easily produced and are readily available, which could potentially become a huge problem (Anderson 6). There are multiple reasons to be afraid of biological agents, and it definitely doesn’t end here. Brucellosis is present in many forms, including