The Dangers of Bioweapons


Agent Effect on Human Body Incubation Period
Anthrax Fever, coughing, shock; death likely within 48 hrs
Botulinum Blurred vision, difficulty breathing and swallowing, muscle paralysis, death in 60% of cases within 24 hrs
Bubonic Plague High fever, headache, swollen glands, pneumonia; death likely 2-6 days
Ebola Fever, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, limited kidney and liver functions, internal and external bleeding--no known treatment; death in 50% of cases 2-21 days
Marburg Fever, excessive bleeding, conjunctivitis, diarrhea, jaundice; death in 25% of cases 5-7 days
Smallpox High fever, skin blisters, bleeding mucous membranes--no known treatment; death in 33% of cases week or more

Source: Reader's Digest, (January 1999).