Re: Gas Mask recommendations? (Was Re: Biowar link)

From: James Rogers (
Date: Thu Oct 04 2001 - 10:26:28 MDT

On 10/4/01 8:34 AM, "Mike Lorrey" <> wrote:
> NOTE: Smallpox is an amazingly HUGE virus. Do not expect other viral
> attacks (anthrax, hanta, etc) to be stopped by this filter, though it
> should be able to deal with bacterial attacks like botulin, bubonic,
> etc.

Anthrax is bacterial, not viral.

> While anthrax can be treated with a vaccine (as can smallpox, of
> course), hanta has no vaccine at this point, so far as I know. Anybody
> know different?

Hanta has no vaccine that I'm aware of. However, even in regions where it
thrives, it is a pretty rare type of infection.

> Hanta can be spread by the spraying of dried dust of the excrement of
> infected rodents. Don't know if you must ingest the dust itself.

I expect that the exposure levels have to be quite high before Hanta takes.
Like anthrax, it is endemic to certain areas and people are almost certainly
exposed to it regularly, yet it only rarely infects people.

-James Rogers

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