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Title:
Protecting the Nation from Health Security Threats
Authors:
Inglesby Tom and Cicero Anita
Publication:

Health Security, Vol 15, Number 1, January 2017

Publisher:
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc
DOI:
10.1089/hs.2016.0122
Availability:
Available on Publisher Website
Date posted:
January 31, 2017
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Introduction:

Events in the United States and internationally have shown the kinds of great stakes and consequences that often follow epidemics and disasters. Consider the series of health security shocks since 2001: National fear during the anthrax letters events, with impact on all 3 branches of the US government. The respiratory transmissible SARS and MERS viruses spreading via airplanes and hospitals, sometimes by super-spreading individual patients. Human cases of H5N1 bird flu with a case fatality rate of 50%. The sudden emergence and global spread of 2009 H1N1. The congenital malformations following Zika infections—the first mosquito-borne illness to cause such malformations. The terrible mortality and wide spread of Ebola across multiple countries in West Africa, with imposition of large-scale quarantines and costly economic disruptions to trade and travel. The widespread disabling of the healthcare system during major US hurricanes. The use of chemical weapons in war in the Middle East, breaking years of international taboo against it. Discovery of smallpox in an insecure box in a US government lab. The radiation risks and uncertainties over large areas following the Fukushima tsunami and nuclear power plant accident. High-containment laboratory accidents involving important live pathogens.