Based upon your reading of the Background materials, and your own additional research, prepare an essay discussing the use of infectious disease as a weapon of international terror. You should address the following questions:
· What are the advantages and disadvantages of microbes, vis-à-vis destructive “hardware” such as guns and bombs?
· What would be the characteristics of an ideal “weapon bug?” Things to consider:
o Vector (i.e., carried by people, animals, in foodstuff, on other goods?)
o Transmissibility (ease with which it is spread)
o Mode of transmission (airborne, direct contact, indirect contact)
o Arrival mode (airplane, ship, on foot)
o Based upon the above, select an organism. Explain your selection.
o Describe the most effective countermeasures.
o What precautions, if any, should logistics companies take, in addition to those prescribed by government regulation? Explain.
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