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November 1999

The Threat of Biological Warfare

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Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(11):1417-a-1418. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-11-dlt1199

The article by McGovern et al1 reporting cutaneous manifestations of biological warfare is very important. The medical community and the general population must become aware of the tremendous danger inherent in a biological attack.

In Table 1,1 the authors give detailed information about the effects of different biological agents and possible preventive interventions, such as vaccination and antibiotics. However, as former leading researcher and director of many biological warfare programs Ken Alibek2 details, considerable progress has been made in the creation of virulent bacteria resistant to both vaccination and antibiotics.

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