TABLE 3

Biological Weapons of Concern

Category A
    Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)
    Smallpox (Variola major)
    Tularemia (Francisella tularensis)
    Plague (Yersinia pestis)
    Viral hemorrhagic fevers (filoviruses [eg, Ebola, Marburg] and arenaviruses [eg, Lassa])
    Botulinum (Clostridium botulinum toxin)
Category B
    Q fever (Coxiella burnetii)
    Brucellosis (Brucella species)
    Glanders (Burkholderia mallei)
    Melioidosis (Burkholderia pseudomallei)
    Viral encephalitis (alphaviruses [VEE, EEE, WEE])
    Typhus (Rickettsia prowazekii)
    Biotoxins (ricin, staphylococcal enterotoxin B)
    Psittacosis (Chlamydia psittaci)
    Food-safety threats (eg, Salmonella species, Escherichia coli O157:H7)
    Water-safety threats (eg, Vibrio cholerae, Cryptosporidium parvum)
Category C
    Emerging threat agents (eg, Nipah virus, hantavirus)
    Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
    Tick-borne encephalitis viruses
    Tick-borne hemorrhagic fever viruses
    Yellow fever
  • VEE indicates Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis; EEE, eastern equine encephalomyelitis; WEE, western equine encephalomyelitis.