This book is intended only for the discussion of the most cost-effective means of protecting one's self against a germ warfare attack by anthrax, plague, tularemia, smallpox, and other diseases which might be encountered primarily or secondarily as a result of a germ warfare attack, and is not intended to be a comprehensive discussion of this topic. In addition, this document is not to be construed as constituting advice as to what anyone should or should not do, and is intended for informational and educational purposes only.
Although it is written principally for the layman, this book also contains information for physicians and other providers who may find themselves at a loss as to what to do in an emergency.
The use of antibiotic therapy in germ warfare, of course, is not well documented in the medical literature; hence, statements made in this memorandum must be considered speculative. Also, for obvious reasons, the statements herein are only intended to describe a situation in which prompt, standard medical attention is unavailable, such as may be caused by a complete overwhelming of our medical resources, in which case any reasonable attempt at saving lives is something which any reasonable person would consider. Actual field conditions, including the need to ration antibiotics and other supplies, would have to be taken into account by such a person in the event of an emergency.
It is especially imperative to stress that the use of antibiotics in a manner unsupervised by a physician is always dangerous. Not only will using these agents prior to coming under a physician's care make it more difficult for a correct diagnosis to be made once antibiotic therapy has been started, but the antibiotics themselves may cause potentially fatal reactions, or they may allow certain other infectious agents, such as fungi, to begin growing, harming the person taking the antibiotic. Some of these erects, even the potentially fatal ones, may not be immediately apparent. Self-medicating is never a good substitute for seeking prompt medical attention.
Please note that my use of the term "victim" in here is used in the broadest sense, even when discussing persons who are taking antibiotics as a safety measure, though they might not have any particular reason to believe that they themselves have in fact come in contact with a germ used in an attack.
Further, my writing this document is done strictly on my own, and is not a function of, or supported by, any organization or group of individuals.
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