Emerging Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century

Bioterrorism and Infectious Agents

A New Dilemma for the 21st Century

Editors: Fong, I.W., Alibek, Kenneth (Eds.)

  • The foreword will be written by Anthony Fauci, Director of NIAID and one of the leading experts on bioterrorism
  • Editor Dr. Alibek is an extremely high profile person in the field and has been featured in the NY Times, the Washington Post, and on NOVA, CNN, the BBC's Historic Figures series, and more. He was the mastermind behind the former Soviet Union’s biological weapons program for two decades and has written the popular book Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World – Told from the Inside by the Man Who Ran It (Random House)
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Since the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001 and subsequent cases of anthrax in Florida and New York City, attention has been focused on the threat of b- logical warfare and bioterrorism. Biological warfare agents are de?ned as “living org- isms, whatever their nature, or infected material derived from them, which are used for h- tile purposes and intended to cause disease or death in man, animals and plants, and depend for their efforts on the ability to multiply in person, animal or plant attacked.” Biological warfare agents may be well suited for bioterrorism to create havoc and terror in a civilian population, because they are cheap and easy to obtain and dispense. Infectious or contagious diseases have played a major part in the history of warfare – deliberately or inadvertently – in restricting or assisting invading armies over the centuries. In 1346, the Tartars catapulted plaque-infected bodies into Kaffa in the Crimea to end a 3-year siege. Blankets contaminated with smallpox to infect North American Indians were used by British forces in the 18th century. More recently, the Japanese released ?eas infected with plaque in Chinese cities in the 1930s and 1940s. Biological research programs for both offensive and defensive strategies have been developed by the United States, Britain, the former Soviet Union, and Canada; several other nations are thought to have such programs.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Anthrax: A Disease and a Weapon

    Alibek, Kenneth (et al.)

    Pages 1-35

  • Plague as a Biological Weapon

    Dennis, David T.

    Pages 37-70

  • Tularemia and Bioterrorism

    Hodges, Lisa (et al.)

    Pages 71-98

  • Melioidosis and Glanders as Possible Biological Weapons

    Dance, David Allan Brett

    Pages 99-145

  • Smallpox as a Weapon for Bioterrorism

    Lane, J. Michael (et al.)

    Pages 147-167

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bioterrorism and Infectious Agents
Book Subtitle
A New Dilemma for the 21st Century
Editors
  • I.W. Fong
  • Kenneth Alibek
Series Title
Emerging Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-1266-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-1266-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-1265-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 273
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