Introduce, Discuss and Analyze the Anthrax Attacks

The anthrax attacks of Fall 2001 were especially frightening because as
they continued, it became increasingly clear they originated inside the
United States, and there seemed little way to stop them.They were
extremely frightening not because of a huge death toll, but because they
could happen anywhere, at any time, and the implications for further
terrorism seemed explicit.It was thefirst use of biological weapons in
our country, and it was a frightening wake up call to national security and
American citizens that we really are not that immune to biological weapons
What is anthrax’Anthrax is a disease that is spread by a one-celled
organism called “Bacillus anthracis.”Anthrax does not spread from one
person to another, it spreads via the bacterium, and this is a deadly
disease that can attack the lungs, intestines, or skin.The Center for
Disease Control (CDC) classifies anthrax as a “Category A agent” because
these agents are the most dangerous to people, and they can spread.The
CDC reports Category A’s, “pose the greatest possible threat for a bad
effect on public health, may spread across a large area or need public
awareness, and need a great deal of planning to protect the public’s
health” (CDC).Anthrax meets all of these criteria and more, as the
anthrax attacks on the United States clearly indicated.The skin form of
anthrax is the least deadly, while the inhaled form is the most deadly.
Anthrax can be carried in animals, and humans can become infected with
anthrax from animals by inhaling the bacterium or by eating meat that is
not cooked enough from infected animals (CDC) – however, this is rare.
Anthrax used as a weapon in terrorist attacks is much more likely.Because
the symptoms of the two most serious forms of anthrax, gastrointestinal and
inhaled are so much like cold and flu symptoms, it is often difficult to
diagnose, and treatment must be…