symptoms of NERVE AGENTS
blurred vision, uncontrolled twitching, convulsions, seizures, or respiratory distress.
symptoms of CHOKING AGENTS
respiratory distress, burning of the lungs and airways, choking, and coughing
Biological agents can be dispersed through
food, and water supplies by using aerosols, liquid droplets, solid dispersion (powder) and by using creatures such as: fleas, ticks, or other insects to spread the agent
First responders of a biological incident may
unknowingly become carriers and spread the agent before symptoms appear.
Aside from written and verbal threats, possible indicators of a biological attack include
unusual numbers of sick or dying people or animals, and unusually high prevalence of respiratory involvement in diseases that typically cause a non-pulmonary syndrome, unexplained damage and ruin to crops and agricultural products, and abnormal swarms of insects.
is a naturally occurring bacterium. The primary routes of exposure to anthrax are SKIN and INHALATION.
Anthrax: If exposure occurs through the SKIN symptoms include
a rash and lesions that begin small but grow over a period of days.
Anthrax: if exposure is INHALED symptoms are
flu-like such as: respiratory distress, vomiting, and fever, occurs SEVERAL days after exposure.
a contagious infectious disease that can be transmitted by prolonged face-to-face contact with an infected person, direct contact with infected bodily fluids, and direct contact with an infected objects (clothing)
smallpox: after and INCUBATION period of
7 to 17 days: symptoms such as: a pox-like rash, raised bumps, fever, muscle rigidity, shivering, malaise, headaches, and vomiting occur.
HIGHLY TOXIC- poison found in SEEDS of the CASTOR BEAN PLANT. the primary routes of exposure to ricin are INGESTION and INHALATION. when ricin is INGESTED: symptoms begin a FEW HOURS; abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea
ricin: within several days sufferers experience:
dehydration, decreased urination, and decreased blood pressure.
When a person INHALES RICIN:
symptoms begin 18-24 hours after exposure and include fever, chest tightness, cough, nausea, and joint pain
weaponized forms of botulinum toxin can be introduced to the body through
INGESTION, INHALATION, ABSORTION. symptoms; include difficulty seeing, speaking, and swallowing and having double vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. OCCUR WITHIN 12 to 80 HOURS OF EXPOSURE.
Dirt bombs are
traditional bombs with radioactive materials loaded into the CASING. They are not considered nuclear weapons because they do not contain the same explosive power and their radiation is preloaded, whereas NUCLEAR weapons create radioactivity upon detonation.