By: Shianna Pennington
Imagine if out of nowhere, the plague or any other disease started rapidly sweeping through the nation. But it isn’t just your country, it’s everywhere. Massive amounts of people are being knocked out and dying from this rampage of disease. That could be an act of a bioterrorist, making an act of biological warfare.
Biological warfare, also known as germ warfare, is the use of biological toxins or infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi with the intent to kill or incapacitate humans, animals or plants as an act of war. During World War I, the German Army developed Anthrax, glanders, cholera, and a wheat fungus for use as biological weapons. This spread plague in St. Petersburg Russia, and infected mules with glanders in Mesopotamia. During the past century, more than 500 million people died of infectious diseases. Several tens of thousands of these deaths were due to the intentional release of pathogens or toxins, mostly by the Japanese during their attacks on China during the Second World War.
Whether we like it or not, biological warfare exists, and eventually someone, somewhere is going to create mass chaos from disease.
It’s not an issue for solely one country, this threat is everywhere. “It’s not if, but when these events are going to occur again,” said Peter Salama, executive director of the World Health Organization. “We need to ramp up our preparedness.”
There is much worry about the world’s ability to stop a deadly pandemic since Ebola killed thousands in 2014, while governments and militaries struggled to stop it from spreading through West Africa. There are few, if any, measures in place for response to an epidemic.
Once again, it isn’t an if these weapons are coming, but a when. Bioterrorists have the tools to create a deadly disease with the touch of a button on a computer. And nobody anywhere in the world has the means to handle such epidemics. Basically, if someone releases disease into our world, we can expect a drastic amount of deaths, and mass chaos and panic.