Bioterrorism is a planned and deliberate use of pathogenic strains of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, or their toxins to spread life-threatening diseases on a mass scale in order to devastate the population of an area.1 Biological agents are easy to develop as weapons, are more lethal than chemical weapons, are less expensive and more difficult to detect than nuclear weapons. Diseases caused by biological agents are not only public health issue but also a problem of national security. Bioterrorism is a potential public health threat to India. The impact of a biological attack to our nation could be devastating.2
Cite this article:
Ritika Rocque. Bioterrorism: Are we ready for such health care emergencies?. Int. J. Nur. Edu. and Research. 2020; 8(4):554-558. doi: 10.5958/2454-2660.2020.00122.2
1. Violet N. Pinto. Bioterrorism: Health sector alertness. J Nat Sci Biol Med. 2013, Jan-Jun; 4(1): 24–28.
2. Madhvika Patidar, Anil Singh, et. al. Counteracting Bioterrorism: A Challenge to India. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. July-December 2013, Vol. 7, No. 2 :36-41.
3. Stephen A. Morse. Bioterrorism. Intech Janeza Trdine.2012
4. Bioterrorism and India. Available: https://shodhganga.inflibnet. ac.in/bitstream/10603/78199 /3/ 03_preface.
5. Orlando Cenciarelli, Silvia Rea, et.al. Bioweapons and bioterrorism: A review of history and biological agents. Defence SandT Tech. Bull., 6(2): 111-129, 2013
6. Intergrated UPSC/ IAS General Studies – Target 2018. https:// www.gktoday.in/gk/indias-bioterrorism-preparedness/
7. National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) 2018, https://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/agentlist-category.asp
8. Samlee Plianbangchang. Strategies of Preparedness against theb Threat of Biological Warfare and Bioterrorism in South-East Asia. Asian Biotechnology and Development Review Vol. 8 No.1, pp 77-98.