Violet N Pinto
Department of Community Medicine, Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Nerul (E), Navi Mumbai, India.
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.
Keywords: Alertn, bioterrorism, healthsector.