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Mikrobiyol Bul. 2006 Jan-Apr;40(1-2):129-39.

[Bioterrorism, parasites as potential bioterrorism agents and biosecurity studies].

[Article in Turkish]

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Dokuz Eylül Universitesi Tip Fakültesi, Parazitoloji Anabilim Dali, Izmir.


A variety of agents have a potential risk for being use as weapons of biological terrorism. However, the use of parasites as bioterrorism agents has not received so much attention. Parasites could contribute to the installation of fear in human population upon intentional addition to their food and water supplies. On the other hand, vector-borne parasites can also constitute risk of bioterrorism. Biosecurity issues are gaining importance as a consequence of globalization. Surveillance is critical in maintaining biosecurity and early detection of infectious disease agents is essential. In this review article, bioterrorism, the role of parasites as potential bioterrorism agents, studies on biosecurity and laboratory design for biosafety have been discussed under the light of recent literature.

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