Biological Warfare Agents

Biological Agent Overview
• All three agents spread through human body fluids
and can potentially be made into an aerosol weapon
– Smallpox
• Sores, blisters, and boils appear, killing skin cells and spreading to
internal organs
• Also spread through blankets and clothing contact
• Can be vaccinated after exposure, but before symptoms appear
(no other treatment available)
– Ebola
• Skin rash, damage to liver, kidneys, and other organs leading to
bleeding from all openings
• No current vaccine or treatment
– Viral Encephalitis
• Causes abnormal behavior, paralysis, convulsions, and death from
nerve/brain damage
• Also spread through animal fluids
• No vaccine for most forms, but with proper care, many people can