Distinguishing Respiratory Features of Category A/B Potential Bioterrorism Agents from Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Elena H. Kwon, Ronald B. Reisler, Anthony P. Cardile, Theodore J Cieslak, Michael J. D'Onofrio, Angela L Hewlett, Karen A. Martins, Chi Ritchie, Mark G Kortepeter

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Abstract

Differentiating between illness caused by community-acquired respiratory pathogens versus infection by biothreat agents is a challenge. This review highlights respiratory and clinical features of category A and B potential biothreat agents that have respiratory features as their primary presenting signs and symptoms. Recent world events make such a reminder that the possibility of rare diseases and unlikely events can occur timely for clinicians, policymakers, and public health authorities. Despite some distinguishing features, nothing can replace good clinical acumen and a strong index of suspicion in the diagnosis of uncommon infectious diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-238
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Security
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

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Biological Warfare Agents
bioterrorism
pneumonia
infectious disease
Rare Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Communicable Diseases
public health
Pneumonia
pathogen
Public Health
event
Public health
Pathogens
Infection
community
contagious disease
illness
Disease

Keywords

  • Anthrax
  • Biological weapon
  • Bioterrorism
  • Biowarfare
  • Brucellosis
  • Glanders
  • Influenza
  • Melioidosis
  • Plague
  • Pneumonia
  • Q fever
  • Tularemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Distinguishing Respiratory Features of Category A/B Potential Bioterrorism Agents from Community-Acquired Pneumonia. / Kwon, Elena H.; Reisler, Ronald B.; Cardile, Anthony P.; Cieslak, Theodore J; D'Onofrio, Michael J.; Hewlett, Angela L; Martins, Karen A.; Ritchie, Chi; Kortepeter, Mark G.

In: Health Security, Vol. 16, No. 4, 01.07.2018, p. 224-238.

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Kwon, Elena H. ; Reisler, Ronald B. ; Cardile, Anthony P. ; Cieslak, Theodore J ; D'Onofrio, Michael J. ; Hewlett, Angela L ; Martins, Karen A. ; Ritchie, Chi ; Kortepeter, Mark G. / Distinguishing Respiratory Features of Category A/B Potential Bioterrorism Agents from Community-Acquired Pneumonia. In: Health Security. 2018 ; Vol. 16, No. 4. pp. 224-238.
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