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The Making of a Biological Weapon

Among the easier biological weapons to create and use are ones made from toxins such as botulism, or bacteria such as salmonella. Using these pathogens, terrorists could attack municipal water systems and reservoirs, beverage plants and bottlers, or food-preparation facilities, processing plants and the like. Anthrax could also be used in this kind of attack. Fruit, vegetables and meat imported from overseas are a particular concern. Casualties would probably be limited in these attacks, though the young, the old and people with suppressed immune systems would be most at risk.

The Making of a Biological Weapon

SOURCE: Washington Post research | GRAPHIC: BY LAURA STANTON - THE WASHINGTON POST


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