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6 This map of the United States shows the states where there have been cases of HPAI in a recent outbreak. Note that the number of birds that have been affected in a 7-month period exceeds 48 million. Courtesy of the US Department of Agriculture. H5N1 was very much feared by public health and government officials for its pandemic potential. Since 2003 there have only been approximately 650 cases of H5N1 infection in humans, with a mortality rate of approximately 60% (HHS, 2015). Since that time, numerous other novel strains have emerged.
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With minimal logistical requirements, biological weapons have the potential to inflict many casualties over a very wide area. In 1970 the World Health Organization (WHO) published a document that discussed the threat of chemical and biological weapons and how they might be deployed against civilian populations. In this report, the WHO showed a table of casualty estimates produced by the release of approximately 110 lb (50 kg) of various weaponized materials upwind of a population center of 500,000 people given ideal weather conditions.