Biochemical Warfare Essay

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Biochemical warfare has come a long way since 1915 when it was invented. Biochemical warfare is the deployment of a toxic substance that is designed to kill plants, animal, or even people. It was first used during World War 1. Both sides used these weapons and both sides had a lot of people dead. Today's weapons have become stronger. Now people can use chemical weapons with missile, airplanes, and even grenades. These chemical weapons are normally absorbed through body in a few different ways. One way is through breathing it in. When this happens is and I quote "a chemical travels through the respiratory tract, from the mucosam of the nose and mouth down to the alveoli and begins to damage the lungs". Another way chemicals affect the human body is, they can be absorbed through the eyes. Causing damage this way. Also Chemicals can react to the skin causing a rash and irritating the skin. These particles can even affect the smallest body wounds. Even small cuts from shaving can be affect by these particles. If these chemicals are left in the body they can cause death. If left untreated death is caused by "anoxia resulting from airway obstruction, weakness of the muscles of respiration and central depression of respiration". So it seems Biochemical warfare may not kill right away, but slowly and painfully.Today there are many different types of biochemical weapons. "They are divided up into different categories called "schedule". "Schedule one", is chemicals that are banned completely and cannot be produced or stored like plutonium. This category set by the ''Chemical Weapons Convention'' there are about twenty-five. The next category is "Schedule Two". This is a chemical that has commercial use but can be made into hazardous material. These chemicals also found in Schedule three, the only real difference is that the material found in three are harder to make or harder to turn into chemical weapons. Cyanogen Chloride, which is a schedule three, is considered one of the most deadliest agence. When this gas is inhaled, it destroys tissues by interrupting the supply of oxygen to the cells. The problem with using this gas is that is dissolves rather quickly in the air''. Another deadly agent is Anthrax. This chemical which is made almost the same as beer, using "fermentation" process, causes organ failure. This is a schedule one chemical. Most people die normally in five days or less. Penicillin can be used to stop anthrax but only and only if in is given before all symptoms start. Anthrax causes a type of pneumonia, which can kill a person. Anthrax also causes organ failure. A new idea has developed for biochemical weapons. They can now put "ebola virus" into chemical weapons. This virus kills 090 percent of all people that it affects. Deaths happens in a few days. All organ break down. "Botlulinum toxin", which is made by the bacteria "Botulinum clostridium". This toxin blocks the transmission of nerve pulses. Which then causes paralysis and then...

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