The idea of biological warfare strikes fear into many people, probably its greatest advantage. Biological agents have never been an effective weapon of war, but many nations and aggressive groups have experimented with the concept and have weaponized biological materials. This Olive-Drab.com section provides factual material to counter the frequent hype associated with the threatened use of bio-weapons by terrorists or national armies.
Electron micrograph of Ebola virus. Courtesy of Dr. Alan J. Cann, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK.
Today in WW II: 7 Oct 1940 First German troops, leading to an eventual one-half million, enter Romania [7-8 Oct]. More↓
The American Medical Association has a series of Consensus Statements
on the most likely agents for biological warfare and their medical and
public health management. These are available by clicking on the links
Ataxia: The Chemical
and Biological Terrorism Threat and the US Response is a comprehensive
research report that examines the many facets of the unconventional terrorism
issue in the United States. Among other analyses, it examines the actual
threat of terrorism involving chemical and biological weapons, including
technical feasibility, statistical trends, and a re-examination of the
1995 Aum Shinrikyo sarin attack in the Tokyo subway system.