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Panic -- The Real Enemy

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Plague:

  • Pneumonic plague begins with fever, chest pain, and a cough that brings up dark material or blood.

Botulism:

  • Early symptoms of this deadly food poison are drooping eyelids, weakened jaw clench, difficulty swallowing or speaking, blurred vision, and trouble breathing. Nausea and vomiting accompany botulism poisoning when the germ is eaten, but these symptoms may not occur if the germ or its poisonous byproducts are inhaled.

Smallpox:

Smallpox begins with the flu-like symptoms of muscle aches and fever. After a few days, a rash develops. This rash looks different than the rash of chicken pox. Chicken pox rash is usually most prominent on the body, and spreads in groups of bumpy lesions over the next few days, so there are bumps at different stages of development. Smallpox rash is most prominent on the face, arms, and legs, and its bumpy lesions all develop at the same time.

Tularemia:

  • The inhaled form of tularemia begins with a sudden, flu-like disease. This gets more serious over the next few days as breathing becomes painful.

Hemorrhagic fever (can be caused by the Ebola or Marburg virus, among others):

  • These extremely deadly diseases begin with sudden fever, headache, and muscle pain. Other symptoms include nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, chest pain, cough, and sore throat. Usually there is a bumpy red rash on the body. Bleeding disorders occur as the disease gets worse.

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