The Infectious Disease Physician and Microbial Bioterrorism

  • Sandra G. Gompf
  • Jordan Lewis
  • Eknath Naik
  • Kaley Tash
Part of the Infectious Agents and Pathogenesis book series (IAPA)

On the morning of September 11, 2001, and later in the weeks that chronicled the spread of anthrax through the U.S. mail, our global consciousness of the terrorist threat was altered. We had awakened to a nightmare. Microbes are a perfect metaphor for our fears: our world seemed infected with terrorists, unlimited in virulence, waiting to emerge from dormancy. The metaphor had become real. Although the atmosphere evokes cold-war fears, the world of this century is more complex than that of the McCarthy-era. The infectious disease physician's role in bioterrorism response must be framed in this context.


West Nile Virus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Public Health System Acinetobacter Baumannii Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra G. Gompf
    • 1
  • Jordan Lewis
    • 2
  • Eknath Naik
    • 3
  • Kaley Tash
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Infectious and Tropical Medicine and Allergy/Immunology Section ChiefJames A. Haley Veterans HospitalTampa
  2. 2.Florida Infectious Disease Institute and University of South Florida Infectious and Tropical Medicine DivisionTampa
  3. 3.Department Global Health, Epidemiology and StatisticsUniversity of South FloridaTampa
  4. 4.Harvard UniversityBoston

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