Scientific and Technical Means of Distinguishing Between Natural and Other Outbreaks of Disease

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Malcolm R. Dando, G.S. Pearson, Bohumir Kriz
Springer Science & Business Media, May 31, 2001 - Social Science - 171 pages
There is increasing concern over the possible use of biological weapons. If they are used, an attack will manifest as a disease outbreak among humans, animals or plants. It is thus important to be able to distinguish between natural disease outbreaks and the result of such an attack. The bok discusses the scientific and technical means available to investigate this question and then goes on to consider the agents of concern. The book concludes with a look forward to future developments.
 

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Contents

The Importance of Distinguishing Between Natural and Other Outbreaks of Disease
1
Outbreaks of Disease
21
The Agents of Concern
31
Communicable Disease Surveillance in the Czech Republic
35
Distinguishing Between Natural Disease Outbreaks and Deliberate Attacks on Humans Using Biological Weapons
41
Characteristics of Natural Outbreaks of Crop Diseases
49
Distinguishing Natural and Unnatural Outbreaks of Animal Diseases
63
What We Learned from the 1979 Sverdlovsk Outbreak
75
Scientific Techniques to Distinguish Natural and Other Outbreaks of Disease
87
Natural and Other Biological Risks from a Medical Service Perspective
93
The WHO Role in Surveillance and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases
101
Reporting of Outbreaks of Disease Under BTWC Confidence Building Measures
111
Possible Participation of the State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology Vector in a National and Global Network for Distinguishing Outbr...
143
An Overview of the ARW and a 2000 Postscript
151
Index
169
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