Bioterrorism and Infectious Agents: A New Dilemma for the 21st Century

  • I. W. Fong
  • Kenneth Alibek

Part of the Emerging Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century book series (EIDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Kenneth Alibek, Catherine Lobanova, Serguei Popov
    Pages 1-35
  3. David T. Dennis
    Pages 37-70
  4. Lisa Hodges, Robert L. Penn
    Pages 71-98
  5. David Allan Brett Dance
    Pages 99-145
  6. J. Michael Lane, Lila Summer
    Pages 147-167
  7. Allison Groseth, Steven Jones, Harvey Artsob, Heinz Feldmann
    Pages 169-191
  8. Thomas P. Bleck
    Pages 193-204
  9. Maor Maman, Yoav Yehezkelli
    Pages 205-216
  10. Theodore J. Cieslak, George W. Christopher, Edward M. Eitzen Jr.
    Pages 217-236
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 259-273

About this book

Introduction

Since the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001 and subsequent cases of anthrax in Florida and New York City, attention has been focused on the threat of b- logical warfare and bioterrorism. Biological warfare agents are de?ned as “living org- isms, whatever their nature, or infected material derived from them, which are used for h- tile purposes and intended to cause disease or death in man, animals and plants, and depend for their efforts on the ability to multiply in person, animal or plant attacked.” Biological warfare agents may be well suited for bioterrorism to create havoc and terror in a civilian population, because they are cheap and easy to obtain and dispense. Infectious or contagious diseases have played a major part in the history of warfare – deliberately or inadvertently – in restricting or assisting invading armies over the centuries. In 1346, the Tartars catapulted plaque-infected bodies into Kaffa in the Crimea to end a 3-year siege. Blankets contaminated with smallpox to infect North American Indians were used by British forces in the 18th century. More recently, the Japanese released ?eas infected with plaque in Chinese cities in the 1930s and 1940s. Biological research programs for both offensive and defensive strategies have been developed by the United States, Britain, the former Soviet Union, and Canada; several other nations are thought to have such programs.

Keywords

Controlling IRA bioterrorism emerging infectious healthcare infection infection control infections infectious infectious disease infectious diseases terrorism vaccine

Editors and affiliations

  • I. W. Fong
    • 1
  • Kenneth Alibek
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Medical Microbiology and ImmunologyGeorge Mason Universuty National Center for BiodefenseManassasUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1266-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-1265-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-1266-4
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