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The grounders must have antibiotics and antivirals. Otherwise using biological weapons would be really stupid. Imagine unleashing hemorrhagic fever on your enemy and not having a cure? That is the problem with biological weapons. You need advanced medical knowledge to use them correctly other wise you end up infecting your forces along with the Enemy...

So, I want to know how the grounders plan to use biological weapons without being victims of it. In the middle ages they used to attempt use infected corpses with plagues (and so on). The problem with it was they often infected themselves handling the corpses. Why? Because they didn't understand how or why diseases were transmitted. Now, in the Grounders case even if they understand the transmission of disease they are powerless to effects of them without: anti-viral or antibiotics. If I were the grounders I would stay away form diseases. But let's see how the writers play this one out.


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Lincoln says that it is a virus which has very nasty symptoms but does not actually kill (many) people. They use it to weaken an opponent so they can take them out in conventional battle, they do not use it expecting it to wipe out many enemies.

While of course the severity of the symptoms is stretching it while Ebola and other lethal diseases are Hemorrhagic Fevers this class of viruses has a good variation of diseases, some of which are not that lethal (less than 1% while infecting hundreds of thousands of people in africa per year). If it's a weird variation of the later one it is not that far fetched to work as intended with a risk of just a couple of people dieing from it while a lot of people coming down with nasty symptoms incapable to fight.

Lincoln also alludes to the Grounder philosophy that whoever dies of this stuff was weak to begin with so they do not consider casualties among themselves from this disease a real loss.



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Lassa Fever or Vole Fever are two strains of less lethal hemorrhagic fevers-- true. But, they don't work over night and they cause illness for several weeks. They can also mutate between hosts-- meaning that after say 30 years of using this weapon the Grounders might have a mutated form of Lassa Virus that is far more virulent than normally associated with the virus. This is why most nations have given up on the Biological Weapon Systems-- they are too unpredictable and hard to control.

Using a weapon that kills 1-5% of your own population is not an effective weapon if you have a population less than 10,000 people. That is not a good thing. But,hey it sounds cool.
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The Grounders obviously don't give a crap about weaklings so in their view you either shake off a sickness or you die and deserve to.

I think one can easily take this as an issue that might not be realistic based on our knowledge but it is plausible, from them understanding certain types of diseases to their culture based so much on violence and fighting that they do not protect people incapable to survive something they consider an inconvenience.
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They found the only 24hr version of Hemorrhagic Fever in the world. Amazing.
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