Monday, January 19, 2009
On a more serious note, I saw a report from the Sun (Validity?) that a terrosit cell may have been partially wiped out by a yersinia outbreak (al-Qaeda in Algeria). I don't know what type but I can only guess that it is the pnuemonic form. I have to wonder if they were working on a weaponized form and that it got free. Pneumonic plague is very nasty because it does not require a vector and is caught from inhaling an aerosol of the bacteria. It then can spread rapidly from one infected person to another and can rapidly wipe out a population. Someone with it has a first symptoms of a bad cold and is spraying the bacteria with every cough and can infect thousands in the right place. The good thing is that it is usually sensitive to doxycycline if you can catch it fast enough. Chloramphenicol and streptomycin also work but you cant get them anymore (lawsuits!) I dont know about you but I think some doxy in the medicine chest may be a good thing.