REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-28

Bioterrorism: Health sector alertness


Department of Community Medicine, Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Nerul (E), Navi Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Violet N Pinto
Department of Community Medicine, 4th floor, Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Nerul (E), Navi Mumbai - 400 706
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0976-9668.107256

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The global events of the last two decades indicate that the threat of biological warfare is not a myth, but a harsh reality. The successive outbreaks caused by newly recognized and resurgent pathogens and the risk that high-consequence pathogens might be used as bioterrorism agents amply demonstrate the need to enhance capacity in clinical and public health management of highly infectious diseases. This review article provides a concise overview of bioterrorism, the agents used, and measures to counteract it, with a relevant note on India's current scenario of surveillance systems, laboratory response network, and the need for preparedness.


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