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The Hidden Complexity of Biological "Dirty Bombs": Implications for Special Operations Medical Personnel

Winter 2016

Washington MA, Blythe J. 16(4). 82 - 84. (Journal Article)


The recent capture of a terrorist in Belgium carrying explosives, fecal matter, and animal tissue may indicate a shift from conventional weapons to crude bacteriological preparations as instruments of terror. It is important to note that although such weapons lack technological sophistication, bacteria are inherently complex, unpredictable, and undetectable in the field. Therefore, it is important that Special Operations medical personnel understand the complications that such seemingly simple devices can add to the treatment of casualties in the field and subsequent evaluation in the clinic.

Keywords: dirty bombs; terrorists; warfare, biological

PMID: 28088824

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