Agents of Bioterrorism: Pathogens and Their Weaponization

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Oktober 2005



Of late, bioterrorism has been a subject of great concern and some misunderstanding. With these fears and uncertainties in mind, the authors in Agents of Bioterrorism offer a clear and thorough account of the threats posed by bioterrorism and how to prepare for and respond to an attack. The contributors consider thirteen disease-causing agents, including those responsible for anthrax, encephalitis, botulism, ebola, tularemia, salmonella, the plague, smallpox, influenza, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Each chapter considers a particular pathogen from the standpoint of its history, molecular biology, pathology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, weaponization, and defenses. Four appendices cover rapid drug discovery, strategies for making vaccines, protection of the population in a bioterror attack, and sources of information on bioterrorism.Scientific advances have resulted in a greater understanding of how pathogens produce their toxins and how they can be used to produce a wide range of bioweapons. These advances have also led to new defenses against disease-causing agents. The contributors demonstrate that by understanding the pathogens used in bioterrorism, scientists can help minimize fear and encourage constructive responses to this threat.


PrefaceList of Contributors 1. Terrorism and Fear: How to CopeGeoffrey Zubay 2. Viral Encephalitis (FlavivirusesSalwa Touma 3.Votulism (Clostridium botulinum)Rian Balfour 4. Tularemia (Francisella tularensis)James Hudspeth 5. Ebola VirusesRohit Puskoor and Geoffrey Zubay 6. Influenza VirusRian Balfour 7. HantavirusPayal Shah 8. Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)Anuj Mehta 9. Sever Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)Joseph Patrick Ward and Maria E. Garrido 10. Plague (Yersinia pestis)Barbara Chubak 11. Smallpox (Variola Virus)Rohit Puskoor and Geoffrey Zubay 12. Cholera (Vibrio cholerae)Rohit Puskoor 13. SalmonellaKira Morser, Rohit Puskoor and Geoffrey Zubay Appendix 1. Drug Discovery and Biodefense William Edstrom and Geoffrey Zubay Appendix 2. The Search for VaccinesWilliam Edstrom Appendix 3. Personal BiodefensesGeoffrey Zubay Appendix 4. Information Resources on BioterrorismKathleen Kehoe GlossaryIndex


Edited by Geoffrey Zubay


"An important, scholarly study." -- Bookwatch
EAN: 9780231133463
ISBN: 0231133464
Untertitel: Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2005
Seitenanzahl: 364 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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