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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 204-209

Historical and preventive aspect of biological warfare


1 Department of Neurology, Keck School of Medicine USC; Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA; Department of Neurology, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Sylmar; Department of Neurology, VA Greater Los Angeles HSC, Los Angeles, California, USA
2 Department of Neurology, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Sylmar; Department of Neurology, VA Greater Los Angeles HSC, Los Angeles, California, USA

Correspondence Address:
Shrikant Mishra
16111 Plummer Street, North Hills, CA 91343
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.144374

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History has witnessed several civilizations and nations fall prey to bioterrorism. With the rise of new technology, more sophisticated weaponry is being instituted by nations worldwide. Countries spend significant revenue in research and development of their defense infrastructure. We take a look at the evolution of bioterrorism to its current state today. The data were collected from literature review of various online sources such as PubMed, EMBASE, Google scholar, UCLA, and USC libraries over a 2 years period in 2013 and 2014 at Los Angeles, California, USA. We discuss the historical aspects and preventive strategies of biological warfare. We characterize the various kinds of biological weapons and their role in spreading terrorism. In emergency situations where every second count, being equipped with management strategies for biological warfare will help in preventing further damage. This review aims at preparing the physicians for disaster management and disease control.


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