For the Professional in Government, Industry and Academia with an interest in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense, Disarmament and Verification; Chemical and Biological Terrorism; Emergency and Disaster Medical Planning; Industrial Health and Safety; and Environmental Protection.

ASA 05-2, Issue No. 107, April 22, 2005


The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus

David M. Robinson, D.V.M., Ph.D. (1)
Robert M. DeBell, Ph.D. (2)

(1) Battelle Memorial Institute and
(2) Titan Corporation

          One of the coauthors (RMD) of this article published a review of influenza in the October 2004 issue of this publication. The October review touched on the history of influenza, its symptoms, and its potential as an agent of bioterrorism. In this article we will expand on some of these points and emphasize recent efforts to accelerate the production of vaccines protecting against novel strains of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

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AC, HCN, Blausaure

Jan Medema, Ph.D.
BC Defense Consultant
Benthuizen, The Netherlands

          HCN has been mentioned on several occasions as a potential terrorist weapon. For instance for the possible attack on the London Subway and as possible agent that killed the dogs in the Al-Qaida tapes shown by CNN some time ago. In addition some experts (Dr Sands) mentioned it as the CWA of choice for Al Qaida. Finally, when an expert was asked in a television interview whether HCN could be sprayed from an aircraft the answer was no. In order to assess the viability of the use of HCN in Terrorist incidents I advise all the experts to read the literature, unfortunately from a long time ago, because two or three generations back it was already shown that most of the today expert views are wrong. The experiments done in the past cannot be repeated but the answers are still valid. Cyanide has been suggested for the first time as a weapon by a pharmacist in Berlin to defend Berlin against attacks from Napoleon. The Prussian soldiers should dip their bayonets in KCN just before the battle.

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Pharmaceutical Countermeasures to Chemical Warfare Agents

David H. Moore, D.V.M., Ph.D. (1)
Barbara B. Saunders-Price, Ph.D. (1)

(1) Battelle Memorial Institute

Introduction
          With the increased threat of terrorism worldwide, the topic of the medical management of casualties from exposure to chemical warfare is timely. Of particular relevance are the pharmaceutical countermeasures available against chemical agents. To fully appreciate these countermeasures, a brief discussion of the agents and their mechanisms of actions is appropriate.

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