Chapter 1. Potential Agents of Bioterrorism: Historical Perspective and an Overview

  1. Dr. Nancy Khardori
  1. Nancy Khardori

Published Online: 6 JUN 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527608133.ch1

Bioterrorism Preparedness: Medicine - Public Health - Policy

Bioterrorism Preparedness: Medicine - Public Health - Policy

How to Cite

Khardori, N. (2006) Potential Agents of Bioterrorism: Historical Perspective and an Overview, in Bioterrorism Preparedness: Medicine - Public Health - Policy (ed N. Khardori), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527608133.ch1

Editor Information

  1. Department of Internal Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, 701 North First Street, P.O. Box 19636, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9636, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Internal Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, 701 North First Street, P.O. Box 19636, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9636, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 JUN 2006
  2. Published Print: 6 FEB 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527312351

Online ISBN: 9783527608133

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Keywords:

  • bioterrorism preparedness;
  • potential agents of bioterrorism;
  • categorization and prioritization;
  • historical perspective;
  • development of modern biological weapons;
  • bacterial/Rickettsial agents of bioterrorism;
  • viral agents of bioterrorism;
  • biological toxins for bioterrorism;
  • emerging threats

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Historical Perspective – How We Got Here

  • Development of Modern Biological Weapons

  • Biological Weapons Systems

  • Potential Bioterrorism Agents – Categorization and Prioritization

  • Category B – Bacterial/Rickettsial Agents of Bioterrorism

    • Brucellosis

    • Glanders and Melioidosis

    • Psittacosis

    • Q Fever

    • Typhus Fever

    • Food and Water Safety Threats

  • Category B – Viral Agents of Bioterrorism

    • Alphavirus Encephalomyelitis

  • Category B – Biological Toxins for Bioterrorism

    • Enterotoxin B

    • Epsilon (Alpha Toxin)

    • Ricin Toxin

    • T-2 Mycotoxins

  • Other Toxins With Potential for Bioterrorism

    • Nipah and Hendra Viruses

  • Emerging Threats and Potential Agents of Bioterrorism

    • Pandemic Influenza – Human and Avian Influenza Viruses

    • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) – SARS-associated Coronavirus (SARS–COV)

    • Other Emerging Threats