Bioterrorism Agents and Hospital Infection Control: No Time to Drop the Guard
2nd Infectious Diseases Division, National Institute for Infectious Diseases “L. Spallanzani”, Rome, Italy
- *Corresponding Author:
- Nicola Petrosillo
2nd Infectious Diseases Division
National Institute for Infectious Diseases “L. Spallanzani”
Via Portuense, 292-00149 Rome, Italy
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Received Date: July 18, 2012; Accepted Date: July 20, 2012; Published Date: July 24, 2012
Citation: Petrosillo N (2012) Bioterrorism Agents and Hospital Infection Control: No Time to Drop the Guard. J Bioterr Biodef 3:e103. doi: 10.4172/2157-2526.1000e103
Copyright: © 2012 Petrosillo N. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The hospital setting represents the sounding board for several infections, both from the community and from healthcare facilities, including highly communicable and emerging agents that cause severe and lethal infections. The US cases of anthrax in 2001 and the recent outbreaks (severe acute respiratory syndrome, H1N1 flu, avian flu, Shiga toxin producing E. coli, etc.) have heightened the need for preparedness and response to naturally emerging and re-emerging infections or deliberately released biological agents. However, there are some critical points to be discussed.