The Center for Disease Control sums it up by first cataloging “naturally occurring anthrax” and then recording its history as a “biological weapon”.
“Naturally Occurring Anthrax
1250 BC – Ancient origins of anthrax.
1700s – First clinical descriptions of anthrax.
1877 – Robert Koch uses anthrax to develop his famous Koch Postulates.
1800s – Many significant scientific discoveries.
1881 – Louis Pasteur creates the first vaccine for anthrax.
1900s – Anthrax well documented in the U.S., but undocumented in other countries.
1937 ─Anthrax vaccine for animals reduces anthrax cases in humans.
1944 – Penicillin used to treat anthrax.
1950s – The first anthrax vaccine for humans is created.
2006 – New York City drum maker diagnosed with inhalation anthrax.
2009 – A woman in Connecticut was diagnosed with Gastrointestinal anthrax.
2010 – A new form of anthrax.
2011 – A medical victory remains a medical mystery
Anthrax Used as a Biological Weapon
1800 – Scientific discoveries led to more knowledge of how to grow specific germs.
1900s – First deliberate use of anthrax as an act of aggression.
1914 -1918 ─ Anthrax used during the first World War.
1925 – A diplomatic approach to limit the use and creation of germ and chemical warfare.
1932 – Japan experimenting with anthrax as a weapon.
1942 – United States and Great Britain experiment with bioweapons.
1950 – U.S. bioweapon programs are expanded.
1960s – Growing international concern about the use of bioweapons.
1972 – Treaty signed to prohibit biological and toxic weapons.
1979 – Deadly anthrax outbreak in Sverdlovsk, USSR.
2001 – Anthrax attack on America.”
The FBI report was concluded regarding the 2001 attack.
“It was determined they came from a strain called the Ames strain and from a single spore batch known as RMR-1029, from a specific research lab.”
Well, here is one conclusion, so far. Anthrax was invented or created in a U.S. military lab from which someone used it as a terrorist weapon. Now, in yesterday’s news, someone at another U.S. military lab sent anthrax via FedEx all over the USA and to South Korea too. What’s up with the US military and anthrax?
Some real knuckleheads are at work in the U.S. labs.
“Live Anthrax Mistakenly Sent to U.S. Labs
BY JIM MIKLASZEWSKI AND MAGGIE FOX
Federal health officials say they are investigating the accidental shipment of live anthrax bacteria to labs in nine states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that it’s investigating the accidental shipments.
No one’s been sickened by the bacteria, which can cause potentially deadly illness although it’s easily treated with antibiotics if caught soon enough.”
“2001 – Anthrax attack on America. expanded
Before 2001, the last case of inhalation anthrax reported in the United States was in 1976. After the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, letters filled with a white powder containing anthrax spores were mailed to two U.S. Senators’ offices and news media agencies along the East Coast. Authorities recovered four letters, postmarked September 18, 2001, and October 9, 2001. The powder form allowed the anthrax to float in the air and for it to be breathed in.
The powder from these letters contaminated the postal facilities they were processed through as well as the buildings where they were opened.
Until the first few people became ill with anthrax, Americans were unaware of this attack. The first case of inhalation anthrax was diagnosed on October 4, 2001. During October and November of 2001, there were a total of 11 confirmed cases of inhalation anthrax and 11 confirmed cases of cutaneous anthrax. Of the 11 cases of inhalation anthrax, seven of the cases were postal workers who handled the letters or worked in a postal facility where the letters were processed. Two cases were from the AMI Publishing Company, where a photo editor received a contaminated letter. The last two cases were the hardest in which to determine exposure: a 94-year old Connecticut woman and a New York City hospital employee. Investigators thought that the Connecticut women’s mail may have been cross-contaminated in a mail facility; however, no anthrax spores were ever found in her home. The exposure source of the New York City hospital employee is still unknown.
Of the 22 people who got sick with anthrax in 2001, five of them died. All of the people who died had inhalation anthrax, the most serious form of the disease. In all, 43 people tested positive for exposure to anthrax, and 10,000 more people were considered at risk of possible exposure to anthrax.
Before this event, there had never been an intentional release of anthrax in the United States. The FBI conducted an intense 7-year investigation into who may have sent the contaminated letters. Many years after the attacks, advancements in genetic testing allowed the FBI to conduct more complex testing of the spores used in the attack. Once the spores were analyzed, it was determined they came from a strain called the Ames strain and from a single spore batch known as RMR-1029, from a specific research lab. The attack and the subsequent investigation came to be known as Amerithrax. The FBI officially concluded the Amerithrax investigation on February 19, 2010.”