Rift Valley Fever Virus: A Real Bioterror Threat
Robert B Mandell and Ramon Flick*
BioProtection Systems Corporation, Ames, IA, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ramon Flick
BioProtection Systems Corporation, 2901 South Loop
Dr. Suite 3360 Ames, IA 50010
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: December 30, 2010; Accepted Date: April 21, 2011; Published Date: April 23, 2011
Citation: Mandell RB, Flick R (2011) Rift Valley Fever Virus: A Real Bioterror Threat. J Bioterr Biodef 2:108. doi: 10.4172/2157-2526.1000108
Copyright: © 2011 Mandell RB, 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.
Rift Valley fever virus is recognized as an important bioterror and agroterror threat to Western countries including the United States. Once introduced, the virus would be readily spread by native mosquito populations and potentially become endemic. While infection often results in severe morbidity and mortality in both humans and livestock, there are currently no FDA or USDA-licensed vaccines. The development of effective countermeasures and implementing surveillance and diagnostic capabilities are critical. Ultimately, the presence of RVFV would lead to severe long-term negative impacts for healthcare, agricultural and travel economic sectors.