Syndromic Surveillance: Early Warning Systems for Monitoring Emerging Outbreaks of Health Events from Either Natural Causes or from Bioterrorists
Edward L. Melnick*
Department of Statistics, New York University, 44 West 4th Street, New York City, NY 10012, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Edward L. Melnick
Department of Statistics
New York University
44 West 4th Street
New York City
NY 10012, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: September 27, 2012; Accepted Date: September 28, 2012; Published Date: September 29, 2012
Citation: Melnick EL (2012) Syndromic Surveillance: Early Warning Systems for Monitoring Emerging Outbreaks of Health Events from Either Natural Causes or from Bioterrorists. J Bioterr Biodef 3:e107. doi:10.4172/2157-2526.1000e107
Copyright: © 2012 Melnick EL. 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.
Biodefense, as defined in Wikipedia, refers to short term local measures designed to restore biosecurity to a collection of people in a given area, who are subjected to biological warfare. While the US Department of Defense had originally focused on applications of vaccines to fight pathogens in the environment, its scope has expanded to include protection of water and food supplies.