Bioweapon Pathogens

Several pathogens are suspected to be used as bioweapons. Most prominent is Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax).

Other listed bacteria from the genus Brucella, Francisella, Coxiella, Burkholderia, Chlamydia and Yersinia are found in wild life and sometimes in domestic animals.

Salmonella typhi, Shigella, Clostridium botulinum and Vibrio cholerae are typical (although rare) pathogens causing human gastroenteritis.

The most prominent viruses are pox and variola; other listed viral pathogens are for example Alpha viruses (VEE, WEE), Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, CHIK and even Influenza A.

A complete list is available at

LightMix® Kits for the detection of these pathogens are considered by law as 'dual use'. They have a link to the bioweapon pathogen section not because of the intended use to detect bioweapons, but to indicate that the export of these products to countries outside of Europe (EU) is restricted by the German and European law.