Biological Agent

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Last Updated: 09 May 2022

Biological agents consist of germs, infections, fungi, other microbes and their linked toxic substances. In some forms, biological agents can be weaponized for use in bioterrorism or other criminal offenses. Anthrax is a severe contagious disease brought on by a spore-forming microorganism called Bacillus anthracis. Avian flu is a very contagious disease of birds which is currently epidemic amongst fowl in Asia. OSHA estimates that 5. 6 million employees in the healthcare industry and related line of work are at risk of work exposure to bloodborne pathogens, consisting of human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and others. Workers in child care and healthcare centers are among those at biggest risk for exposure to CMV, a common virus that influences tens of thousands of adults annually in the United States and is conveniently spread through contact with saliva and other body liquids from infected individuals. Ebola hemorrhagic fever is the disease triggered by infection with an Ebola virus. It is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever induced by any one of numerous stress of viruses in the Ebolavirus category. Ebola viruses are qualified of creating serious, lethal disease. MERS was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012, and at least 25 other nations have reported verified cases of MERS. Severe respiratory syndrome is a viral respiratory ailment causes by a coronavirus, called SARS-associated coronavirus. Tularemia is called "rabbit fever" or "deer fly fever" and is very contagious. Zika virus is most frequently spread out via the attacks of infected insects in areas with ongoing viral transmission.

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