History of U.S. military contributions to the study of bacterial zoonoses

George W. Christopher, Brian K. Agan, Theodore J. Cieslak, Patrick E. Olson

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Abstract

Bacterial zoonoses have afflicted campaigns throughout military history, at times playing an important role in determining their outcomes. In addition, zoonotic bacteria are among the leading biological warfare threats. The U.S. military medical services have been at the forefront of research to define the basic microbiology, ecology, epidemiology, and clinical aspects of these diseases. This historical review discusses the military significance of plague, Q fever, anthrax, leptospirosis, bartonellosis, tularemia, and brucellosis and the U.S. military medical research counteroffensive. These contributions have ranged from basic molecular biology to elegant epidemiological surveys, from defining pathogenesis to developing new vaccine candidates. In an era of emerging diseases and biological weapons, the U.S. military will continue to lead a dynamic research effort to counter these disease threats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume170
Issue number4 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2005

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Zoonoses
Biological Warfare
Bartonella Infections
Biological Warfare Agents
Tularemia
Q Fever
Anthrax
Leptospirosis
Plague
Brucellosis
Microbiology
Ecology
Research
Biomedical Research
Molecular Biology
Epidemiology
Vaccines
History
Bacteria

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History of U.S. military contributions to the study of bacterial zoonoses. / Christopher, George W.; Agan, Brian K.; Cieslak, Theodore J.; Olson, Patrick E.

In: Military medicine, Vol. 170, No. 4 SUPPL., 04.2005, p. 39-48.

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Christopher, George W. ; Agan, Brian K. ; Cieslak, Theodore J. ; Olson, Patrick E. / History of U.S. military contributions to the study of bacterial zoonoses. In: Military medicine. 2005 ; Vol. 170, No. 4 SUPPL. pp. 39-48.
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