Chapter 13 - Clinical Corner

Viruses such as smallpox have become of interest to terrorists as a bioweapon. As a result, military personnel are routinely vaccinated against smallpox.

A. Why would smallpox be a good choice for a bioweapon?

B. What precautions could be taken to prevent a terrorist attack with these weapons, and would these precautions be effective?

Millicent’s grandmother has lived at the Shady Grove retirement home for more than 6 years, and Millicent visits her as often as possible. At her last visit she found out that two of her grandmother’s friends had come down with viral pneumonia and one had died. Fortunately, her grandmother seemed to be fine.

A. Should she be worried about her grandmother? If so, why?

B. Should she be worried about her own health?