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As part of Washington state's biological warfare defense Noun 1. biological warfare defense - defense against biological warfare
biological warfare defence, BW defence, BW defense

defense, defensive measure, defence - (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they
, veterinarians recently began monitoring unusual small animal deaths for evidence of tularemia tularemia (tlərē`mēə) or rabbit fever, acute, infectious disease caused by Francisella tularensis (Pasteurella tularensis). , plague, anthrax anthrax (ăn`thrăks), acute infectious disease of animals that can be secondarily transmitted to humans. It is caused by a bacterium (Bacillus anthracis  and other diseases that could be caused by lethal agents. Small animals (rabbits, squirrels, mice and other critters) would likely show symptoms and die faster than humans after being exposed to a lethal biological agent. The project is funded by a $75,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), agency of the U.S. Public Health Service since 1973, with headquarters in Atlanta; it was established in 1946 as the Communicable Disease Center. . The project uses citizen reports of dead wildlife to collect for examination.
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Title Annotation:Stateline
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U9WA
Date:Dec 1, 2004
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