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Title:
Strengthening the US Medical Countermeasure Enterprise for Biological Threats
Authors:
Sanjana Ravi and Amesh A. Adalja
Date posted:
January 16, 2017
Publication type:
Article
Publication:

Health Security, Vol 15, January 2017

Publisher:
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
DOI:
10.1089/hs.2016.0119
Availability:
Available on Publisher Website
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Introduction:

Biological threats, which range from naturally occurring outbreaks of infectious disease to intentional acts of bioterrorism, pose unique dangers to public health and national security in the United States. Medical countermeasures (MCMs)—drugs, vaccines, diagnostic tests, and other therapies and devices—rank among the most important assets in the nation's arsenal against dangerous pathogens, as well as chemical, radiological, and nuclear threats. Communities with access to vital MCMs are better equipped to detect both accidental and deliberately caused outbreaks quickly, immunize susceptible populations, and treat infected patients, thereby alleviating the consequences associated with infectious diseases: illness and death, economic losses, societal unrest, and strained public health and healthcare delivery systems.