Personal Safety & National Security

Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions

Promoting Personal Safety & National Security

  Did You Know?

  • Anthrax infection can occur in three forms: Cutaneous (skin), inhalation, and gastrointestinal. About 95 percent of infections involve the skin are rarely are fatal.
  • The last naturally occurring case of smallpox in the world was in Somalia in 1977. The last case in the United States was in 1949.
  • A 2002 study found that the average office desk harbors more bacteria than a toilet seat. Toilet seats had 49 germs per square inch, but desktops had 21,000 and phones 25,000.
September 11, 2001 put a new topic on the radar screen for many people in the United States. That tragic day, and the anthrax attacks that followed, made us more aware of threats to personal safety and national security. Chemists and other scientists are responding to a host of threats — ranging from terrorist attacks to germs that collect on kitchen countertops — with discoveries that promise.
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