Pediatric Preparedness for Bioterrorism: A New Horizon in Developing Countries
- *Corresponding Author:
- Mortada El-Shabrawi
Faculty of Medicine
Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
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Received Date: November 28, 2011; Accepted Date: April 13, 2012; Published Date: April 28, 2012
Citation: El-Shabrawi M, Schaalan M, Hassanin F (2012) Pediatric Preparedness for Bioterrorism: A New Horizon in Developing Countries. J Bioterr Biodef S4:005. doi: 10.4172/2157-2526.S4-005
Copyright: © 2012 El-Shabrawi M, et al. 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.
Bioterrorism is the threat of deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. These agents are typically found in nature, but it is possible that they could be intentionally changed to increase their virulence, ability to cause disease, resistance to current medicines and dissemination into the environment. These noxious biological agents can be spread through the air, through water, or in food.