Bio-hazard suit, 2001.
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Complete body suit designed to protect the user against contamination from biological hazards, such as anthrax. Anthrax is a naturally occuring disease of plant-eating animals, and is caused by a bacteria called bacillus anthracis. Like seeds, anthrax can exist in a dormant state as a spore. The spores can be stored almost indefinitely as a dry powder, which can be easily inhaled.