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  • © 2013

Biopreparedness and Public Health

Exploring Synergies

  • Differences between responding to natural and deliberately caused disease outbreaks

  • Detailed description of public health preparedness for unusual disease events in South Eastern European and selected other states, allowing comparison

  • Health security and disease detection on the European Union level Role of the military in public health security

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (19 papers)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    • Iris Hunger
    Pages 1-6
  3. The Current Bioweapons Threat

    • Jonathan B. Tucker
    Pages 7-16
  4. Managing Acute Public Health Events: A World Health Organization Perspective

    • Catherine Smallwood, Andrew Smith, Nicolas Isla, Maurizio Barbeschi
    Pages 39-43
  5. Public Health in South-Eastern Europe – Exploring Synergies

    • Dorit Nitzan Kaluski, Maria Ruseva
    Pages 45-54
  6. Case Study – Bulgaria

    • Raynichka Mihaylova-Garnizova, Kamen Plochev
    Pages 75-89
  7. Case Study – France

    • Elisande Nexon
    Pages 91-105
  8. Case Study – Germany

    • Christine Uhlenhaut, Lars Schaade, Ernst-Jürgen Finke
    Pages 107-119
  9. Case Study – Greece

    • Nikolaos V. Zaras
    Pages 121-130
  10. Case Study – Israel

    • Adini Bruria, Manfred S. Green, Daniel Laor
    Pages 131-145
  11. Case Study – Italy

    • Francesco Urbano, Maria Rita Gismondo
    Pages 147-160
  12. Case Study – Poland

    • Anna Bielecka, Janusz Kocik
    Pages 161-171
  13. Case Study – Romania

    • Alexandru Rafila, Daniela Pitigoi
    Pages 173-185
  14. Case Study – Serbia

    • Goran Belojevic
    Pages 187-195
  15. Case Study – Turkey

    • Gurkan Mert
    Pages 197-207
  16. Case Study – United States of America

    • Lisa D. Rotz, Marcelle Layton
    Pages 209-220
  17. Concluding Remarks

    • Iris Hunger, Lisa D. Rotz, Goran Belojevic, Vladan Radosavljevic
    Pages 221-225

About this book

The terrorist use of diseases as bioweapons has been one of the major security concerns in recent years, particularly after the anthrax letter attacks in the USA in 2001. This uncertain threat of intentional outbreaks of diseases exists side by side with the constantly changing very real threat from diseases, epidemics and pandemics as recently illustrated by the H1N1 influenza pandemic, SARS, and H5N1 bird influenza events.

 

This publication contains case studies on the public health planning for (un)usual disease outbreaks for 11 large and small countries with a focus on South Eastern Europe. In many countries, military entities traditionally play an important role in emergency response to disease outbreaks. In smaller countries, very little exists, however, in terms of specific biopreparedness efforts (in both the military and civilian area), which is at least partly due to a relatively low bioterrorism threat perception, and serious resource constraints.

 

The uncertainty associated with the bioterrorism threat makes public health preparedness planning for such events politically and financially very difficult. The similarity of responding to bioterrorism events and natural disease outbreaks from a public health point of view suggests the merit of looking at biopreparedness as a part of overall health emergency planning, not as a separate effort.

Keywords

  • biopreparedness
  • bioterrorism countermeasures
  • public health in South Eastern Europe
  • public health security
  • infectious diseases

Editors and Affiliations

  • Weizsacker Center Science & Peace Res., University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

    Iris Hunger

  • Belgrade, Serbia

    Vladan Radosavljevic

  • Institute of Hygiene and Medical Ecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

    Goran Belojevic

  • Centers for Disease Control and Preventi, Atlanta, USA

    Lisa D. Rotz

Bibliographic Information

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eBook USD 84.99
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  • ISBN: 978-94-007-5273-3
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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Softcover Book USD 109.00
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Hardcover Book USD 219.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)