The case studies collected in this book illustrate the considerable differences in bioterrorism threat perception, levels of biopreparedness, and views on how to balance general public health efforts and biopreparedness measures. While investing too little in biopreparedness leaves countries ill-equipped for a potential disaster, spending too much might create a threat in itself, for example, by redirecting resources away from dealing with everyday health threats. Countries, regardless of perceived threat or economic capacity, should aim to develop and maintain a public health system capable of a well-planned, well-rehearsed, and rapidly executed response to natural health emergencies. Such a system will diminish the consequences of both a naturally occurring health emergency and a bioterrorist attack, should it occur.
KeywordsPublic Health System Emergency Preparedness Lassa Fever Disease Surveillance System International Health Regulation
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