The Economics of Planning and Preparing for Bioterrorism

  • Martin I. Meltzer
Part of the Emerging Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century book series (EIDC)


The end of the cold war between the “psuper powers,” and the subsequent reduction in the probability of a large-scale nuclear war, brought into being a world with new political realities. Governments around the world now have to face the possibility of terrorist attacks on the civilian population, in which biological, chemical, and nuclear agents could be used. Prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, planning and preparing responses to large-scale catastrophic infectious disease events among civilian populations, such as a bioterrorist attack, was not an activity to which governments typically devoted many resources.


Gross Domestic Product Optimal Amount Influenza Pandemic Potential Loss Terrorist Organization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin I. Meltzer
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  1. 1.Office of Surveillance, Office of the DirectorNational Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaGA

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