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Allegan County Health Dept.
3255 122nd Ave, Ste. 200
Allegan, MI 49010
Phone: (269) 673-5411
Fax: (269) 673-4172

HOURS: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday

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Biological Warfare


Primary Weapons

The CDC Category A agents are considered the highest priority based on the transmission, morbidity and mortality rates, and the potential public health impact. Anthrax, botulism toxin, plague, smallpox, tularemia and viral hemorrhagic fevers are the highest risk for use in a bioterrorism attack.
Click to watch a video on: "The History of Bioterrorism"
This video collection describe the Category A diseases: smallpox, anthrax, botulism, plague, tularemia, and viral hemorrhagic fevers. If these pathogens were used to intentionally infect people, they would cause the most illness and death.

Category A Diseases/Agents (CDC)

The U.S. public health system and primary healthcare providers must be prepared to address various biological agents, including pathogens that are rarely seen in the United States. High-priority agents include organisms that pose a risk to national security because they:
  • can be easily disseminated or transmitted from person to person;
  • result in high mortality rates and have the potential for major public health impact;
  • might cause public panic and social disruption; and
  • require special action for public health preparedness.




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