Arthropod: As used in this report, refers to insects and ticks, many of which are medically important as vectors of infectious diseases.
Arthropod-borne: Capable of being transmitted by insect and tick (arthropod) vectors.
Asymptomatic: Presenting no symptoms of disease.
Autopsy: Systematic examination of the body of a deceased person by a qualified pathologist. The body is inspected for the presence of disease or injury; specimens of the vital organs and/or body fluids may be taken for microscopic, chemical, or other tests.
Bacteria: Microscopic, single-celled organisms that have some biochemical and structural features different from those of animal and plant cells.
Biological weapons: A harmful biological agent (such as a pathogenic microorganism or a neurotoxin) used as a weapon to cause death or disease usually on a large scale (http://www.merriam-webster.com).