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Weapons of Mass Destruction, What You Should Know: A Citizen's Guide to Biological, Chemical, and Nuclear Agents and Weapons

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It was probably inevitable, once terms like weapons of mass destruction and dirty bomb became part of the mainstream lexicon, that a guide to their avoidance for everyday citizens would appear; and here it is. Nwanna, a former World Bank consultant, turns to public sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information about the effects of biological, chemical, and nuclear agents that have been used as weapons in the past or are in current military use somewhere in the world. "There is no ...
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It was probably inevitable, once terms like weapons of mass destruction and dirty bomb became part of the mainstream lexicon, that a guide to their avoidance for everyday citizens would appear; and here it is. Nwanna, a former World Bank consultant, turns to public sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information about the effects of biological, chemical, and nuclear agents that have been used as weapons in the past or are in current military use somewhere in the world. "There is no need to be alarmed," he writes, but there's not a lot that's soothing in his lengthy recitation of symptoms. Nwanna also provides guidance for what to do in case of an attack and examines the role of the government in alerting citizens should one occur. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890605148
  • Publisher: Frontline Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Introduction 1
Challenges/Future 2
The Role of Government 2
Chapter 2 Biological, Chemical and Nuclear Weapons: A Military Perspective 3
Introduction 3
Biological Weapons 3
Biological weapons Technology 3
History of Biological Weapons & Recent Developments 5
Biological Material Production 8
Stabilization, Dissemination and Dispersion 9
Detection, Warning and Identification 11
Biological Defense Systems 11
Chemical Weapons 12
Chemical Weapons Technology 12
Chemical Material Production 16
Chemical Weapons Delivery 19
Dissemination, Dispersion and Weapons Testing 20
Detection, Warning and Identification 21
Chemical Defense System 22
Radiological & Nuclear Weapons 22
Introduction 22
Nuclear Weapons Technology 23
Testing of Nuclear Weapons 25
International Regimes, Treaties, Protocols & Conventions 26
Chapter 3 Terrorism 33
About Terrorism, Prior to September 11, 2001 33
Terrorism in the United States 34
Dealing with Terrorism (before, during and after) 34
Chapter 4 Responding to Biological & Chemical Attacks 39
Introduction 39
The Threat 39
Warning Signs of an Attack or Incident 40
What to Do in the Case of Attack 41
Preparing a Safehaven 41
Choosing a Safehaven 42
Suggested Safehaven Equipment 42
Chapter 5 Biological Diseases/Biological Warefare Agents 43
Anthrax 43
Botulism 61
Plague 63
Smallpox 71
Tularemia 79
Ricin (See Chapter 6) 166
Rift Valley Fever 81
Q-Fever 83
Brucellosis 85
Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers 87
Arenaviruses 90
Filoviruses 92
Lassa Fever 93
Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever 95
Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever 98
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome 100
Lymphocytic choriomenigitis 104
Glanders 106
Melioidosis 108
Psittacosis 110
Typhus Fevers 110
Viral Encephalitis 111
Eastern Equine Encephalitis 111
Western Equine Encephalitis 112
Hendra Virus Disease and Nipah
Virus Encephalitis 112
Tick-Borne Encephalitis 114
Typhoid Fever 115
Shigellosis 117
Foodborne Illneses 121
Salmonellosis 131
Cholera 135
Chapter 6 Chemical Agents/Chemical Warfare Agents 137
Nerve Agents 137
Soman (GD) 139
Tabun (GA) 141
Sarin (GB) 144
VX 146
Blister or Vesicant Agents 148
Lewisite (L) 148
Nitrogen Mustards (HN-1, HN-2, HN-3) 152
Sulfur Mustard (Yperite)-Mustard Gas (HD) 153
Phosgene Oxime (CX) 155
Choking/Lung/Pulmonary Agents 157
Phosgene (CG) 157
Chlorine (CL) 158
Phosphine 160
White Phosphorus 161
Biotoxins 163
Abrin 163
Ricin 166
Strychnine 168
Blood Agents 171
Arsine (SA) 171
Cyanide 172
Metals 176
Arsenic 176
Mercury 177
Thallium 179
Organic Solvents 181
Benzene 181
Riot Control Agents 183
Other Chemical Agents 186
Ethylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol 186
Fluoride, Hydrogen Fluoride, and Fluorine 187
Ammonia 187
Paraquat 191
Sodium Azide 194
Personal Cleaning and Disposal of Contaminated Clothing 198
Evacuation 199
Sheltering in Place During A Chemical Disaster/Attack 200
What "sheltering in place" means 200
How to prepare to shelter in place 200
What to do 201
Chapter 7 Radiological/Nuclear Accidents & Exposure 203
Radiation 203
Radiation & Health Affects 203
Protecting & Minimizing Against Radiation Exposure 203
Health Effects of Radiation Exposure on Unborne Babies 205
Other Risks from Radiation Exposure 205
Radiological accidents & Emergencies (Before, During & After) 206
Nuclear Terrorism & Health Effects 208
Nuclear Power Plant Emergency 208
Preparing For an Emergency 209
Emergency Classification levels 210
If You are Alerted 211
Sheltering in Place During a Radiation Emergency 214
Preparing Emergency Supplies 215
Tips Before Entering a Shelter 217
Dirty Bombs 217
Acute Radiation Syndrome 219
Potassium Iodide 220
Prussian Blue 222
Chapter 8 References & Sources for Additional Information 225
Glossary & Definitions 229
Appendixes 240
Appendix A The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 240
Appendix B Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 243
Appendix C Radioactive Isotopes (Radioisotopes) 250
Americium - 241 (Am-241) 251
Celsium-137 (Cs-137) 251
Cobalt-60 (C0-60) 254
Iodine (I-129 & I-131) 258
Plutonium-239 (Pu-239) 262
Strontium-90 (Sr-90) 267
Uranium-235 (U-235) and Uranium-238 (U-238) 271
Appendix D Tables & Charts 276
Table 1 Australian Group Biological Agents 276
Table 2 Biological Warfare Agents (Partial List) 278
Table 3 Bioterrorism: Selected Agent Summary 279
Table 4 Biological Weapons Foreign Technology Assessment Summary 280
Table 5 Biological Material Production Technology Parameters 281
Table 6 Chemical Warfare Agents 282
Table 7 Chemical Weapons Conventions Schedule of Chemicals 284
Table 8 Chemical Weapons Foreign Technology Assessment Summary 285
Table 9 Nuclear Weapons Foreign Technology Assessment Summary 287
Table 10 Selected Regime Participants 288
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