Bioterrorism Diseases

Bioterrorism agents can be separated into three categories, depending on how easily they can be spread and the severity of illness or death they cause. Category A agents are considered the highest risk and Category C agents are those that are considered emerging threats for disease.

Category A

These high-priority agents include organisms or toxins that pose the highest risk to the public and national security:

Category B

These agents are the second highest priority:

Category C

These third highest priority agents include emerging pathogens that could be engineered for mass spread in the future:

  • Emerging infectious diseases such as Nipah virus and hantavirus



Updated Wednesday, 05-Jan-2011 12:00:12 CST