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  • 18 hospitalized in Lancaster botulism outbreak that killed 54-year-old woman

    04/22/2015 2:54:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    dispatch.com ^ | Misti Crane & Holly Zachariah
    LANCASTER, Ohio — A suspected botulism outbreak that began in Lancaster yesterday has sickened at least 18 people and led to the death of a 54-year-old woman. Another 21 people who attended the potluck are not showing symptoms and are being watched because of concerns they could become ill, said Cassie Bala, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Health. The youngest person hospitalized with symptoms of the food-borne illness is 9 and the oldest is 87, Bala said. All of those with symptoms have received an intravenous antitoxin, said Fairfield Department of Health spokeswoman Jennifer Valentine. Patients did not begin...
  • Diaz: Botox made my face look weird

    01/09/2014 8:59:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    celebrity.uk.msn.com ^ | Updated: 07/01/2014 13:55 | | By pa.press.net
    According to the Daily Mail, she told Entertainment Tonight: "I've tried [Botox] before, where it was like [a] little tiny touch of something. It changed my face in such a weird way that I was like, 'No, I don't want to [be] like [that].' I'd rather see my face ageing than a face that doesn't belong to me at all." Of her wrinkles, she said: "I love [them,] I don't mind. It's like, 'Guess what this means, I've smiled my whole life.' I love life, I'm happy I don't have a problem with that."
  • New botox super-toxin has its details censored

    10/19/2013 5:21:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 10/14/2013 | Debora MacKenzie
    A new type of botulinum toxin – the deadliest substance known – has been discovered. Because it does not yet have an antidote, the DNA sequence behind it has been withheld from public databases. This is the first time a sequence has been kept secret over security concerns.Injecting a mere 2 billionths of a gram, or inhaling 13 billionths of a gram, of the protein botulinum produced by the soil bacterium Clostridium botulinum will kill an adult. The toxin blocks the release of acetylcholine, the chemical secreted by nerves that makes muscles work. People who accidentally ingest it, as can...
  • Positive test for terror toxins in Iraq

    04/06/2003 9:53:02 AM PDT · by kimmie7 · 40 replies · 431+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 04-04-03 | By Preston Mendenhall
    SARGAT, Iraq, April 4 — Preliminary tests conducted by MSNBC.com indicate that the deadly toxins ricin and botulinum were present on two items found at a camp in a remote mountain region of northern Iraq allegedly used as a terrorist training center by Islamic militants with ties to the al-Qaida terrorist network. The field tests used by MSNBC.com are only a first step in the evidentiary process and are typically followed by more precise laboratory testing that MSNBC.com has not conducted. U.S. intelligence agents were conducting their own tests in the same area and had not yet released their results,...
  • Bombs, Bugs and Poisons

    04/30/2003 10:29:35 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 183+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Thursday, May 1, 2003 | by Clifford D. May
    “We have yet to find any weapons of mass destruction. …Does it matter that we were misled into war?” - New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, 4/29/03 “Nissar Hindawi, a leading figure in Iraq's biological warfare program in the 1980's, says the stories and explanations he and other scientists told the United Nations about the extent of Iraq's efforts to produce poisons and germ weapons ‘were all lies.’ …He said military officials had asked him to tell inspectors that he was the head of a single-cell protein facility. The plant, in fact, had made botulinum toxin and anthrax. He said...
  • Condi reveals the moment she thought President Bush had been lethally poisoned after 9/11

    11/01/2011 6:49:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Nov. 1, 2011 | Lydia Warren
    Condoleezza Rice has revealed the moment she thought that she and President George W. Bush had suffered deadly botulism poisoning. In her new book, the former secretary of state reveals that in the weeks following 9/11, there were scares over smallpox and radioactive attacks on Washington – and a potential poisonous toxin attack on the White House. She was on a trip to a summit meeting in China with Bush when former-Vice President Dick Cheney delivered the blow via a secure video conference line. In an interview with ABC News, Ms Rice explained: ‘The vice president came on the screen...
  • Botulism blamed in deaths of 100 horses

    11/03/2008 12:23:45 PM PST · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 20 replies · 776+ views
    The Ocala Star Banner ^ | November 3, 2008 | Fred Hiers
    The cause of death for 100 horses that died last month at a breeding farm outside Summerfield appears to be botulism, according to some of the tests done on the dead animals and their feed.Although more tests will be done and more samples were sent to labs last week, the preliminary test results indicate that the toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum was what caused the horses at EquiTransfer to suffer nervous system damage, said veterinarian Mike Short, with the state veterinarian's office, which is part of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services..................................................The hay the farm fed the horses...
  • New Era Canning Company (Botulism) Recall

    01/20/2008 10:21:04 PM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 11 replies · 245+ views
    FDA Website ^ | January 20, 2008 | USFDA
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers about a potential Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) contamination of canned beans manufactured by New Era Canning Company, New Era, Mich. C. botulinum is the bacterium that causes botulism, which can be fatal. The recall is for large institutional-sized cans, averaging 6 pounds in weight. Approximately 26 brands and 63 products were distributed to retailers, restaurants, schools, prisons and foodservice institutions nationwide under various labeled brands. The list of recalled products includes cans of cut green beans, Mexican-style chili beans, dark red kidney beans, and garbanzo beans. What Products Have Been...
  • Health Alert: U. S. Issues NEW Botulism Warning. Canned green beans sold nationwide.

    08/06/2007 6:55:01 PM PDT · by NRA2BFree · 42 replies · 2,265+ views
    newsemergency.com ^ | 8/6/07 | staff
    Warning is second nationwide in last 30 days Product Marketed Under a Variety of Brand Names The affected Lakeside cut green beans are sold nationwide under the following labels: Albertson's, Happy Harvest, Best Choice, Food Club, Bogopa, Valu Time, Hill Country Fare, HEB, Laura Lynn, Kroger, No Name, North Pride, Shop N Save, Shoppers Valu, Schnucks, Cub Foods, Dierbergs, Flavorite, IGA, Best Choice and Thrifty Maid. U. S. health officials are warning consumers not to eat certain brands of French Cut Green Beans in 14.5 ounce cans manufactured by Lakeside Foods Inc, of Manitowoc, Wisconsin because the product may not...
  • Castleberry’s Updates Status of National Canned Food Recall

    08/02/2007 7:16:57 AM PDT · by girlangler · 11 replies · 1,125+ views
    Food & Drug Administration ^ | 8/1/2007 | news release
    Recall -- Firm Press Release FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company. This listserv covers mainly Class I (life-threatening) recalls. A complete listing of recalls can be found in the FDA Enforcement Report at: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/Enforce.html Castleberry’s Updates Status of National Canned Food Recall Officials Express Urgent Need for Retailers and Consumers to Identify and Discard Recalled Items Contact: Doug McGraw Fleishman-Hillard (212) 453-2202 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- AUGUSTA, Ga. –...
  • FDA says food recall is urgent health threat (Illness spreading)

    07/23/2007 8:18:49 PM PDT · by varina davis · 63 replies · 2,092+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 23, 2007 | Will Dunham
    FDA says food recall is urgent health threat Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:49PM EDT By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A recall of canned meat products and dog food made at a Georgia plant due to botulism fears could involve tens of millions of cans that pose an urgent public health threat, U.S. officials said on Monday. U.S. food regulators appealed to consumers and retailers to find and dispose of the cans. Two people in Texas and two others in Indiana remain seriously ill and hospitalized with botulism poisoning associated with eating Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce, officials said. "This...
  • Botulism Cases Force Huge Meat Recall

    07/22/2007 8:17:13 PM PDT · by Flavius · 37 replies · 1,876+ views
    ap ^ | 7/23/07 | ap
    WASHINGTON (July 22) - A Georgia meat processor on Saturday expanded its recall of canned meat products that may be connected to a botulism outbreak. Castleberry's Food Co. of Augusta recalled more than 80 types of canned chili, beef stew, corned beef hash and other meat products in addition to the 10 brands it had recalled Thursday. Cans of chili sauce made at the Castleberry's plant were found in the homes of an Indiana couple and two children in Texas who had been hospitalized with botulism.
  • Georgia Processor Expands Meat Recall (full expanded list)

    07/22/2007 6:33:56 AM PDT · by varina davis · 25 replies · 2,008+ views
    My Earthlink & AP ^ | July 22, 2007
    Georgia Processor Expands Meat Recall From Associated Press July 22, 2007 3:50 AM EDT WASHINGTON - A Georgia meat processor on Saturday expanded its recall of canned meat products that may be connected to a botulism outbreak. Castleberry's Food Co. of Augusta recalled more than 80 types of canned chili, beef stew, corned beef hash and other meat products in addition to the 10 brands it had recalled Thursday. Cans of chili sauce made at the Castleberry's plant were found in the homes of an Indiana couple and two children in Texas who had been hospitalized with botulism. All four...
  • Botulism Warning Over Vacuum-Packed Meat (UK)

    04/21/2007 11:33:15 AM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 468+ views
    Botulism warning over vacuum-packed meat By staff and agencies Last Updated: 9:30am BST 21/04/2007 * Lettuce recalled over salmonella fears(Go to the site to click on article) Consumers have been warned not to eat batches of vacuum-packed meat sold in Scotland and Cumbria over concerns it could be infected with one of the most lethal forms of food poisoning. The alert is over smoked wild venison and smoked beef The Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued the alert over 2.6kg of smoked wild venison and smoked beef amid fears it is tainted with the deadly botulism bacteria. The warning applies to...
  • Botulism Case said tied to carrot juice

    10/07/2006 12:38:26 AM PDT · by Aussiebabe · 11 replies · 579+ views
    AP ^ | 7/10/2006 | N/A
    Botulism case said tied to carrot juice TAMPA, Fla. - Investigators believe botulism toxin from bottled carrot juice paralyzed a woman, the fourth person thought to be poisoned by bacteria in the drink. The unidentified woman is unresponsive and has been hospitalized since mid-September, said Jylmarie Kintz, epidemiologist for the Hillsborough County Health Department. Three people in Georgia experienced respiratory failure and remain hospitalized on ventilators since drinking the bottled carrot juice a month ago, according to federal officials. The trio were from Washington County, Ga., and shared a meal Sept. 7 that included carrot juice made by Bolthouse Farms,...
  • Tampa woman maybe poisoned by botulism in bottled carrot juice

    10/06/2006 4:59:48 PM PDT · by bwteim · 54 replies · 1,514+ views
    Herald Tribune.com (South Florida) ^ | Oct 6, 2006 | Associated Press (no name)
    TAMPA, Fla. -- Investigators believe botulism toxin from bottled carrot juice paralyzed a woman, the fourth person thought to be poisoned by bacteria in the drink. The unidentified woman is unresponsive and has been hospitalized since mid-September, said Jylmarie Kintz, epidemiologist for the Hillsborough County Health Department. Three people in Georgia also became ill after drinking the bottled juice made by Bolthouse Farms, according to the Food and Drug Administration. In a dispatch issued Friday, the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the three were from Washington County, Ga., and shared a meal, which included carrot juice...
  • Botulism cases lead to recall of pasteurized carrot juice

    10/01/2006 2:48:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 2,129+ views
    The Gainesville Sun ^ | Oct 1, 2006 | DIANE CHUN
    Sun staff writer The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to drink carrot juice from Bolthouse Farms. The warning comes in response to a fourth case of botulism being linked to the brand, produced by Bolthouse Farms of Bakersfield, Calif. Consumers should discard any 450 milliliter or 1 liter plastic bottles of the carrot juice with a "best if used by" date of Nov. 11 or earlier. The FDA is also reiterating its advice to consumers to keep carrot juice - including pasteurized carrot juice - refrigerated. The fourth case of botulism poisoning involves a woman in Florida...
  • Thailand: Specialists on full alert following outbreak of bacterial which could be use as weapon

    03/20/2006 7:48:19 PM PST · by JimSEA · 12 replies · 565+ views
    The Nation (Thai) ^ | March 21, 2006 | Nation Staff
    A serious disease outbreak in the northern province of Nan had Army weapons specialists and US disease investigators on full alert Monday. Almost 150 people in the province have been stricken with botulism, a rare yet lethal bacterial disease that could potentially be used as a biological weapon. Health authorities have sought international assistance treating the patients. US military biological weapons experts have been flown into Nan, as have World Health Organisation disease specialists, said Thai Disease Control Department chief Thawat Suntharacharn. Since March 4, 143 villagers in Nan's Ban Luang district have been diagnosed as suffering from botulism, a...
  • Inside Saddam Hussein's mobile bio-weapons lab Experts say trailer likely produced WMDs

    10/05/2004 10:14:40 PM PDT · by seastay · 8 replies · 664+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | By Aaron Klein
    A trailer found by the U.S. in Northern Iraq last year was likely used by Saddam Hussein's regime as a mobile biological weapons laboratory, and not to fill hydrogen balloons as some in Britain and the U.S. have charged, a view supported by exclusive photos obtained by WorldNetDaily that for the first time offer inside views of the trailer components. Kurdish forces seized the trailer in April 2003 at a checkpoint near Mosul in northern Iraq. At the time, the unit was hailed as the closest U.S. forces may had come to finding a "smoking gun" in their search for...
  • Scientific Journal Provides Training to Terrorists - (puts tens of thousands Americans at risk)

    07/01/2005 5:33:06 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 32 replies · 640+ views
    The Chronicle for Higher Education is reporting that the National Academy of Sciences has published a paper on how terrorists could kill tens of thousands of people by dropping a few grams of botulinum toxin into a milk truck or storage silo. The Academy published the paper over protests by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The paper, authored by two Stanford University researchers, was scheduled to have been published in the academy's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences a month ago but the academy had held the paper because of the concerns leveled by HHS. The...
  • Got Toxic Milk?

    05/30/2005 4:47:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,173+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 30, 2005 | LAWRENCE M. WEIN
    WHILE the anthrax scare at Washington post offices this year proved to be a false alarm, it was a reminder of how vulnerable Americans are to biological terrorism. In general, two threats are viewed as the most dangerous: anthrax, which is as durable as it is deadly, and smallpox, which is transmitted very easily and kills 30 percent of its victims. But there is a third possibility that, while it seems far more mundane, could be just as deadly: terrorists spreading a toxin that causes botulism throughout the nation's milk supply. Why milk? In addition to its symbolic value as...
  • Al-Qaeda Made Biological Weapons in Georgia — French Minister

    03/01/2005 1:00:01 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 27 replies · 1,466+ views
    Mosnews ^ | 2/28/05
    Terrorists from al-Qaeda have been making chemical and biological weapons in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin said on Tuesday. Speaking at a world conference on bio-terrorism in Lyons that was organized by Interpol, he said that “several al-Qaeda cells have been trained in Afghanistan where they have learned to use biological agents including anthrax, ricin and botulism toxins. Later, after the fall of the Taliban regime, those groups continued their experiments in the Pankisi Gorge, on the territory of Georgia, bordering Chechnya,” Interfax news agency reported. The minister added that al-Qaeda terrorists “were able to use...
  • Mollusks Said Can Neutralize Toxin

    01/19/2005 12:00:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies · 872+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 19, 2005 | NA
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 5:50 a.m. ET DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- The war on terror could have an unlikely ally in a modest mollusk known as the quahog. Researchers who injected the clams with enough botulism toxin to kill 1,000 people found the shellfish somehow neutralized the enzyme, which is considered a potential bioterror agent. ``Botulism activity was cut in half by the blood of the quahog,'' Dr. Bal Ram Singh told The Standard Times of New Bedford in Wednesday's editions. ``So we think there is some sort of antidote in this blood. If we are able to...
  • 2 Botox Recipients Contract Botulism

    11/30/2004 8:29:48 PM PST · by Right Wing Assault · 15 replies · 731+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Nov 30, 2004 | The Associated Press
    WEST PALM BEACH - Health officials are investigating whether two patients being treated for botulism contracted the illness after receiving Botox injections. The unidentified couple in their 50s were both in critical condition Sunday night, breathing through ventilators and receiving intravenous feeding, said Charles Schallop, a neurologist treating them at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Hospital officials did not immediately return a call Monday to update their condition.
  • Bioterror Defense

    08/14/2004 12:58:15 AM PDT · by Che Chihuahua · 1 replies · 546+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 08.13.04, 6:00 AM ET | Forbes staff
    Bioterror Defense - Forbes staff, 08.13.04, 6:00 AM ET NEW YORK - Pharmathene is one of a smattering of small and undercapitalized biotechnology outfits trying to develop either vaccines or antidotes for anthrax, which remains, in the opinion of a lot of experts, the most likely weapon to be used against the U.S. in a bioterror attack. The threat of biological attack is considered so serious that President George W. Bush in late July signed Project Bioshield, creating a $5.6 billion fund to stockpile treatments for smallpox, botulism and anthrax over ten years, without the need for approval from the...
  • Texas Grocer to Pay $2.85 Million to Six Made Ill by Tainted Chili (real barf alert)

    08/07/2004 8:08:23 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 1,164+ views
    AP ^ | Aug. 7, 2004
    Texas Grocer to Pay $2.85 Million to Six Made Ill by Tainted Chili The Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A Fort Worth discount grocer has agreed to pay $2.85 million to settle a lawsuit filed by six people who were hospitalized for botulism after eating the store's tainted chili. The plaintiffs were among eight people who ate the chili at a church concert in 2001 and became sick enough to be hospitalized. A lawsuit against the Fort Worth-based chili distributor, Ben E. Keith, is pending. Town Talk Foods, meanwhile, is suing Keith and the chili manufacturer, First Original...
  • Suspected Islamic extremists confirm French fears on chemical plot: police

    01/12/2004 12:00:38 PM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 204+ views
    Agence France-Presse | 1/12/04
    Six suspected Islamic extremists including the imam of a Lyon area mosque were due to appear before anti-terrorist judges here amid allegations they knew about plans for a chemical attack in France in 2002. Chellali Benchellali, an imam in the Lyon suburb of Venissieux, his wife Hafsa, his son Hafed and two others were detained last week in a series of raids near the eastern city. The sixth suspect was detained southeast of Paris. They were taken into custody as part of a 2002 probe ordered by Paris anti-terrorist judges into a so-called "Chechen network" of Islamic radicals with links...
  • Al-Qaida Terror Plot Foiled, Say French Police

    01/11/2004 7:16:35 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 315+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-12-2004 | Jon Henley
    Al-Qaida terror plot foiled, say French police Jon Henley in Paris Monday January 12, 2004 The Guardian (UK) The French police are convinced that their country has escaped a planned chemical or biological attack by an Islamist cell linked to al-Qaida. An interior ministry official said evidence from Islamist militants arrested in the Lyon area last week made it "very plain" that an attack with the deadly botulism or ricin toxins was being actively prepared. The eight suspects arrested on Tuesday were mainly relatives of Menad Benchellali, the son of a radical imam in the Lyon suburb of Venisseux, who...
  • Kay finds Botulinum at home of a known biological weapons scientist!

    10/02/2003 4:55:17 PM PDT · by Republican Red · 39 replies · 357+ views
    On biological weapons, a single vial of a strain of botulinum, a poison that can be used as a weapon, located at the home of a known biological weapons scientist
  • The biowar threat: Jordanian ‘mastermind’ sought

    04/29/2003 11:54:01 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 498+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | April 29 2003 | Ed Blanche
    Fears grow that extremists are ready to cross another threshold of terror Evidence gathered in Iraq and Afghanistan lends credence to claims that radical Islamic groups are dabbling in lethal toxins BEIRUT: A few days ago, Japanese prosecutors demanded the death sentence for the guru of the Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth) doomsday cult, Shoko Asahara, for masterminding the sarin gas attack on Tokyo’s subway system on March 20, 1995. Twelve people were killed and 2,500 sickened. A year earlier, sect activists had released sarin in a residential neighborhood in the Nagano Mountains, killing seven people. Those atrocities crossed a moral...

    04/22/2003 6:54:32 AM PDT · by Illbay · 288 replies · 1,037+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | April 22, 2003 | N/A
    Reported to be "a biotoxin"
  • South African scientist offers to sell FBI deadly bacteria

    04/21/2003 11:12:33 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 16 replies · 293+ views
    The Age (Australia) ^ | April 21, 2003 | Joby Warrick, John Mintz
    Daan Goosen's calling card to the FBI was a vial of bacteria he had freeze-dried and hidden inside a toothpaste tube for secret passage to the US. From among hundreds of flasks in his Pretoria lab, the South African scientist picked a man-made strain that was sure to impress: a microbial Frankenstein that fused the genes of a common intestinal bug with DNA from the pathogen that causes the deadly illness gas gangrene. "This will show the Americans what we are capable of," Mr Goosen said then. On May 6 last year, Mr Goosen slipped the parcel to a retired...
  • BioTerrorism Analysis: Weaponsized Infectious Disease and Emerging Disease

    03/16/2003 7:35:29 PM PST · by bonesmccoy · 107 replies · 3,060+ views
    Various | 3-17-03 | Bones McCoy
    BioTerrorism Analysis: Weaponsized Infectious Disease and Emerging Disease (A Free Republic Technical Analysis) About five weeks ago, I started a technical thread that analyzed the space shuttle disaster which killed an international flight crew and lead to wreckage over the southwestern United States. In that thread, we had a remarkable range of technical and analytical skills which this website brought to bear. Because we are anonymous, we can pursue fact without fear of the liberals killing our careers or worse. Tonight, I seek to create a thread on a more serious national security problem, biological weapons of mass destruction and...
  • Chief inspector says Baghdad may possess 10,000 liters of anthrax

    03/08/2003 1:13:37 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 222+ views
    Associated Press | March 8, 2003 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 08, 2003 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- In a 173-page dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, chief U.N. inspector Hans Blix says Baghdad may possess about 10,000 liters of anthrax, Scud missile warheads filled with deadly biological and chemical agents, and drones that far exceed the 150-kilometer (93-mile) limit. The report, obtained late Friday by The Associated Press, traces the history of Iraq's weapons programs and outlines the many areas where questions remain - many old but some new. Blix told the Security Council earlier in the day that he planned to cull the document...
  • When Every Moment Counts - Bioterrorism book by Bill Frist

    03/19/2002 7:04:28 PM PST · by goodnesswins · 1 replies · 188+ views
    email ^ | Bill Frist
    "When deadly, anthrax-laced letters were sent to government and media offices in the fall of 2001, bioterrorism against American citizens became a grim reality. In this indispensable guide, U.S. Senator Bill Frist--the only physician in the Senate and cosponsor of the two major pieces of legislation dealing with this frightening new threat--offers straightforward, practical advice on how to keep your loved ones safe. Written in an easy-to-read, question-and-answer format, this authoritative reference provides the most up-to-date and reliable information on biological agents like anthrax and smallpox, the dangers posed by chemical weapons, and the vulnerabilities of our food and water...