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NEWS: Biowatch Detects Rabbit Fever Bacteria On Washington "War Protest" Route

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posted on Oct, 2 2005 @ 02:04 PM
The Centre For Disease Control has reported that small amounts of Francisella Tularensis, commonly known as Rabbit Fever bacteria, have been found on Washington's National Mall, where thousands of people gathered last week to protest the governments involvement in the Iraqi War. The bacteria was detected using air monitors as part of a nationwide "Biowatch" system that was installed after September 11 to sample the air of Metropolitan areas for biological attack pathogens. The bacteria can be made into an aerosol and used as a inhalable weapon but district of Columbia health officials have told a local radio station that the bacteria probably occured naturally and was not harmful.

The CDC said it issued an alert on Friday night as a precaution so medical personnel were aware of the situation and could report any suspected cases.

Rabbit fever can not be passed from person to person and can be effectively treated with readily available medicines, the CDC said. Symptoms usually appear 3 to 5 days after exposure, but in rare cases can take up to two weeks.

Symptoms of the disease, which an infected person would have begun experiencing no earlier than on Monday, include: sudden fever, chills, headaches, conjunctivitis, diarrhea, muscle aches, joint pain, dry cough and progressive weakness.

District of Columbia health officials told local radio station WTOP on Saturday the detected bacteria was not harmful and probably occurred naturally.

The CDC waited a week to notify city officials of the detected bacteria because it took that long to test the samples at labs and confirm its presence, the radio station reported.

"The bacteria that cause Tularemia occur widely in nature and could be isolated and grown in quantity in a laboratory, although manufacturing an effective aerosol weapon would require considerable sophistication," the CDC said.

The Washington Post said the germ that causes tularemia is considered a biohazard because it is highly infectious and was tested in the 1960s by the United States as a biological weapon.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Rabbit fever, although easily treatable causes fever, joint pain, chills, aches, dry cough and weakness along with conjuntivitis or pink eye.

This is a strange event. Was there always these type of bacterias at such public anti war demonstrations? This new security system is still in it's testing stage.

[edit on 2-10-2005 by Mayet]

posted on Oct, 2 2005 @ 02:23 PM
Well, this is one way to get rid of protestors, isnt it? Hmmm... interesting..Any cases reported or this just a possibility?

posted on Oct, 2 2005 @ 02:31 PM
Dept of Defense harassment as usual.

We gonna teach dim dar liberals to love the flag and US of A. Ungreatful protestors wouldnt be able to speak if it wusnt fer us military. damn Commie Liberals

posted on Oct, 2 2005 @ 03:22 PM
Naturally accurng? Yea right

Tularemia is caused by the bacteria Francisella tularensis. Normally this disease is transmitted to humans by contact with animals, particularly game animals and by the bites of flies and ticks. Contaminated meat and water are also a source of infection. Francisella tularensis can enter the human body through the skin, mouth, eyes or nose. In biological warfare (BW), it is anticipated that the bacteria would be delivered as a cloud to the target population, making entry through the airways into the lungs the most common route, although ingestion and entry through skin wounds is
also possible. The disease may appear as ulcer or lesion at the place of entry and then progress to the lymph nodes and through the blood to other organs, including the lungs if the lungs are not already infected. The fatality rate is about 5-15% if untreated.

Tularemia in natural form is typically a rural disease carried by animals and insects. Hunters properly watch for diseased rabbits, which are sluggish or inactive. About 200 cases occur naturally in the U.S. each year. It is attractive for use as a germ warfare disease because small doses cause sickness. Only 5 to 10 bacteria are enough to cause infection through the skin, and between 10 and 50 bacteria are enough to cause infection when breathed in. Several countries, including the U.S. and Russia, have weaponized the bacterium. Weaponized tularemia can be spread either through an aerosolized form or as a fine powder, to be breathed in. After it is dispersed, tularemia can continue to cause infections for several weeks, longer than most other pathogens.

Germ warfare characteristics: it is estimated that if 50kg were dumped from an airplane onto a city of 5 million people there would be 250,000 people infected and 19,000 casualties. Because the initial symptoms produced from tularemia infection are difficult to distinguish from influenza and acute pneumonia, it will be difficult immediately to detect that a bioterrorist attack has occurred. The leading downside to using tularemia as biological weapon is that it cannot be spread from person to person. Therefore, in the event of an outbreak people need not fear infection from those who have already caught the disease.

Germ warfare development and use: the US and Russia developed weaponized tularemia in the 1950’s and 1960’s in an aerosolized form. Other countries are believed to have done so also. It has been reported that weaponized strains of tularemia are resistant to the vaccine and to antibiotic treatment. A likely user would be an organized group with access to airplanes and laboratories to grow and culture the bacterium as well as to prepare it in powdered form.

Considering this happened at a antiwar protest it would not be done by terrorists if it was a biological attack. Where do we point our fingers?

US Warns Doctors of Possible Biological War Agent

By Paul Simao

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Federal health officials urged doctors and other health providers on Thursday to be on the lookout for outbreaks of tularemia, a potentially fatal bacteria that could be used as a biological warfare agent.

posted on Oct, 2 2005 @ 07:42 PM
There are much easier and more efficient ways of crowd dispersal. High pressure water hoses from the fire department, or even an agent provacatuer, who gets into trouble so law enforcement has a semi ligit reason to arrest and or stop the gathering.

If the disease or bacteria was used, it must have been a mutant strain or a carrier even.

posted on Oct, 2 2005 @ 10:06 PM

Originally posted by magnito_student
Dept of Defense harassment as usual.

We gonna teach dim dar liberals to love the flag and US of A. Ungreatful protestors wouldnt be able to speak if it wusnt fer us military. damn Commie Liberals

fas·cism Pronunciation Key (fshzm)

1. often Fascism
1. A system of government marked by centralization of authority
under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the
opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a
policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
2. A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a
system of government.
2. Oppressive, dictatorial control.

What happened to that core belief in democracy that,
"I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your
right to say it." (Voltaire)?

I'm getting sick of above top secret. Where have the days gone when this site was above the propaganda instead of a part of it? This site has sunken to a low battle ground between conservatives and liberals, using propaganda from both sides. It wasn't always like this you know. Things were different before the "war on terror"...

If you dont believe me, search "" on, and look at the news presented during and before the war.


P.S: Dont forget, we're not defined by our nation but our personal individuality; we're brought together not by land or race but by common humanity.
P.P.S: atsnn isn't above the game anymore, but a part of it...


[edit on 2-10-2005 by SilentTunundor]

[edit on 3-10-2005 by Thomas Crowne]

posted on Oct, 2 2005 @ 11:32 PM

Wow you're such a fascist redneck

I am fairly certain he was kidding.

posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 12:55 AM
I see no reason for the alleged dispersers of the bio-hazard to announce that the agent was dispersed.
Where would their reasoning be found?

posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 02:55 AM
If a government was a unified, monolithic entity, that might be true.

But governments, especially ours, are not monolithic entities following a single agenda. They are an endless maze of bureaus, comittees, agencies, departments, and the like, each with their own agendas, missions, and secrets. It's entirely possible, even probable, that the left hand does not know what the right hand it is doing.

What is whatever shadowy little dirty tricks unit that might have come up with such a plan going to do, call up the CDC?: "Turn off your monitors, we're executing a biowarfare harassment attack against some dissident US citizens tomorrow."

[edit on 10/3/05 by xmotex]

posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 03:33 AM

Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
I see no reason for the alleged dispersers of the bio-hazard to announce that the agent was dispersed.
Where would their reasoning be found?

Well that was my thought to. I then thought of them testing the biowatch system and claiming accident maybe.

If someone had gone and sought med treatment and then it came out, there would be alot more cries of foul, so they may have averted that after the fact.

it did take them ages to actually announce it though.

posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 07:21 AM
My question is does the CDC or other government agency regularly and routinely monitor bacteria levels in crowd situations? Is this part of theHomeland Security plans? Do they also monitor things like subways, stadiums and the like?

This would be of great interest, no? If so we are literally, "always under the microscope."!

Richard of Danbury

posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 10:02 AM
Hmm...setting a precedent for using a biohazard scare to break up or discourage protests are we? That's pretty low, even for this administration... Of course, this could be genuine...
Oh yeah, sure....

Then again, not all that surprising, considering other steps taken to minimize dissent at ANY presidential speaking occassion.

posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 10:10 AM
I can see the head lines now,

"New laws to stop protesters due to possibility of spreading bio hazard terrorist bacterias."

It amazes me the way our country is heading. . . Are we there yet?

posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 10:37 AM
Must say... seems very suspicious...

there aren't very many rabbits or wild critters living in washington DC these days...
and according to the report on tularemia... it is a rare RURAL disease...

didn't belong there, so someone probably put it there...

Not the protesters... they aren't stupid...

not the CDC... they are the monitoring agency...

Possibly a redneck conservative, dragging dead rabbits along the entire route of the march?

if it was lab prepared, then it would have to be some government agency...
not a big one, but any with access to the lab.

and most of the conspiracys and coverups of history were uncovered by some other agency doing an audit, monitoring, or survelliance.

How many times do you think a DEA agent tried to arrest a CIA operative? then it became an "Opps... disregard the info we thought we had a bust, but didn't get there in time, they escaped"

posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 05:28 PM
This is probably just a scare tactic by the CIA/Bush clan. Like a warning to anti-war protesters.

What are the odds that this occurred naturally in a Washington DC mall area during a anti-war protest? They say the crowd kicked up the dust.

Besides Marine One flying over the rally, there were two choppers (sikorsky VH-3D at least one of them). They entered mall area from the southeast and travelled west along the mall, then turned toward the White House. This was at 3:51pm after the crowd started thinning out, the rally was scheduled to end at 3pm.

In May/June 2004 there was a Tularemia biological weapons accident in the bioweapons research lab at Boston University.

The US Army has asked companies to bid for contracts to produce large quantities of anthrax and equipment to produce other unnamed biological agents, according to New Scientist, but has not said what it needs the facilities for.



posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 05:47 PM
Just dirty hippies spreading their plague germs everywhere.

And the Cult of the Dead Cow, erm, Center for Disease Control... their hand's are clean. They wear gloves.

... espescially when handling hippies.

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