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Test your knowledge of anthrax

By Maryland Newsline
Friday, Oct. 19, 2001

1. What is anthrax?

an acute infectious disease
a new type of medication
a virus
a bacteria

2. How is anthrax transmitted?

skin
inhaling
ingesting
All of the above

3. Is there a vaccine to prevent anthrax infection?

Yes
No


4. Most of the anthrax spores have come by mail. If you receive a suspicious package, you should:

Open it.
Throw it into the trash.
Isolate the package, wash your hands, call police.
Take it back to the post office.

5. Is there any indication given when anthrax is transmitted?

There is a cloud vapor.
There is a pungent smell.
There is a specific taste.
None of the above.

6. What makes anthrax an effective biological weapon?

It is deadly, if left untreated.
Spores can be produced in large quantities.
Spores can be spread in the air.
All of the above.

7. You can find anthrax:

only in underdeveloped countries
only in developing countries
only in the Caribbean
globally

8. What U.S. adversaries have the capability to use anthrax as a weapon?

Former Soviet Union
U.S. lacks sophisticated intelligence to know this information
Australia
Italian mafia 

9. Who should receive the anthrax vaccination?

everyone
military personnel
media
lawmakers

10. Is there a treatment for anthrax?

yes
no


 


 

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Published 10/19/01; last updated: 03/21/02 11:03 AM

 


Special report produced by Sonia Kumar, Kim Harris and Kathleen Johnston; edited by Chris Harvey (Web) and Steve Crane and Adrianne Flynn (print). Banner graphic by Sonia Kumar.

Copyright 2001 University of Maryland College of Journalism. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.


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