INCIDENTS INVOLVING WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRUCTION

11/01/1998
INCIDENTS INVOLVING WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRUCTION BY PETER M. STUEBEBy now, these names should be familiar to anyone who even occasionally reads a newspaper, watches the evening news, or keeps up with developments in the fire service--sarin, VX, anthrax, botulism toxin, tabun, plague. Since the sarin nerve agent attack in the Tokyo subway system in 1995, emergency services in this country have undergone a transformation. What if a chemical or biological terrorism attack had happened here first? At all levels, the question was posed, "Are we capable of handling a nerve or biohazard agent incident in our own communities?" The answer, as we are well aware by now, was a resounding NO. What are ...

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