Biological Weapons Defense

Infectious Diseases and Counterbioterrorism

  • Luther E. Lindler
  • Frank J. Lebeda
  • George W. Korch

Part of the Infectious Disease book series (ID)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Preparation and Military Support for a Possible Bioterrorism Incident

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anna Johnson-Winegar, Karl Semancik, Robert S. Borowski, Keith R. Vesely, Brenda Wyler, Matt Eussen et al.
      Pages 3-22
    3. Zygmunt F. Dembek
      Pages 23-39
    4. Ross D. LeClaire, M. Louise M. Pitt
      Pages 41-61
  3. Medical Countermeasures and Decontamination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. M. Louise M. Pitt, Ross D. LeClaire
      Pages 65-78
    3. Dominique M. Missiakas, Olaf Schneewind
      Pages 79-97
    4. Robert G. Darling, Timothy H. Burgess, James V. Lawler, Timothy P. Endy
      Pages 99-120
    5. Jeffrey J. Adamovicz, Gerard P. Andrews
      Pages 121-153
    6. David L. Hoover, Richard H. Borschel
      Pages 155-184
    7. David M. Waag, Herbert A. Thompson
      Pages 185-207
    8. David M. Waag, David DeShazer
      Pages 209-237
    9. Alan Schmaljohn, Michael Hevey
      Pages 239-253
    10. Charles B. Millard
      Pages 255-283
    11. D. G. Cerys Rees, Arthur M. Krieg, Richard W. Titball
      Pages 317-331
    12. Robert J. Hawley, Joseph P. Kozlovac
      Pages 333-348
  4. Emerging Threats and Future Preparation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349
    2. Luther E. Lindler, Eileen Choffnes, George W. Korch
      Pages 351-359

About this book

Introduction

The release of nerve gas in the Tokyo subways, the spread of biological weapons, and the anthrax attack of 2001 in the United States demonstrate that not only is the threat of such menacing weapons real, but also that we must urgently prepare to deal with future acts of bioterrorism. In Biological Weapons Defense: Infectious Diseases and Counterbioterrorism, prominent experts in biodefense research-many from the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases-authoritatively delineate the universe of scientific, medical, and legal issues facing the biodefense research community. Regarding medical countermeasures and decontamination, the authors review the facts about both the aerosol route of infection and decontamination processes, and fully describe the pathogenesis and treatment of a variety of established pathogens (anthrax, plague, smallpox, Brucellosis, glanders, and Coxiella burnetii). They also examine how to discover the presence of these agents, or other previously unknown biological weapons, and the ongoing efforts to counter such agents, including proteomic and genomic analysis as a gateway to better diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccinations, genotyping, and forensics. Additional chapters discuss the development and use of technology to identify and characterize these infectious organisms and their emerging threats.
Comprehensive and authoritative, Biological Weapons Defense: Infectious Diseases and Counterbioterrorism provides researchers, physicians, and policymakers with a sound basis for understanding not only the diseases caused by these infectious organisms, but also an appreciation of the universe of bioterrorism problems that must be mastered to develop effective countermeasures.

Keywords

Biological Weapons Virus antimicrobial infection infections infectious infectious disease infectious diseases

Editors and affiliations

  • Luther E. Lindler
    • 1
    • 2
  • Frank J. Lebeda
    • 3
  • George W. Korch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Homeland SecurityScience and Technology Directorate, National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures CenterFort Detrick
  2. 2.Department of Bacterial DiseasesWalter Reed Army Institute of ResearchSilver Spring
  3. 3.Department of Cell Biology and BiochemistryUS Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious DiseasesFort Detrick

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1385/1592597645
  • Copyright Information Humana Press Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-58829-184-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-59259-764-2
  • About this book