Agents of Bioterrorism: Pathogens and Their Weaponization

Agents of Bioterrorism: Pathogens and Their Weaponization

by Geoffrey Zubay
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231133472

ISBN-13: 2900231133479

Pub. Date: 02/14/2008

Publisher: Columbia University Press

This new work offers a clear and thorough account of the threats posed by bioterrorism from the perspective of biologists. The authors examine thirteen disease-causing agents, including those responsible for anthrax, the plague, smallpox, influenza, and SARS. Each chapter considers a particular pathogen from the standpoint of its history, molecular biology,

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This new work offers a clear and thorough account of the threats posed by bioterrorism from the perspective of biologists. The authors examine thirteen disease-causing agents, including those responsible for anthrax, the plague, smallpox, influenza, and SARS. Each chapter considers a particular pathogen from the standpoint of its history, molecular biology, pathology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, weaponization, and defenses. The book also examines strategies for making vaccines and protecting the population in a bioterror attack.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900231133479
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/14/2008
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
376

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
List of Contributorsix
Chapter 1Terrorism and Fear: How to Cope1
Chapter 2Viral Encephalitis (Flaviviruses)5
Chapter 3Botulism (Clostridium botulinum)27
Chapter 4Tularemia (Francisella tularensis)43
Chapter 5Ebola Viruses59
Chapter 6Influenza Virus79
Chapter 7Hantavirus107
Chapter 8Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)129
Chapter 9Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)173
Chapter 10Plague (Yersinia pestis)198
Chapter 11Smallpox (Variola Virus)229
Chapter 12Cholera (Vibrio cholerae)252
Chapter 13Salmonella277
Appendix 1Drug Discovery and Biodefense295
Appendix 2The Search for Vaccines309
Appendix 3Personal Biodefenses325
Appendix 4Information Resources on Bioterrorism327
Glossary337
Index351

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