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Handbook on Biological Warfare Preparedness - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128120262, 9780128120552

Handbook on Biological Warfare Preparedness

1st Edition

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Editors: S.J.S. Flora Vidhu Pachauri
Paperback ISBN: 9780128120262
eBook ISBN: 9780128120552
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 5th October 2019
Page Count: 306
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Handbook on Biological Warfare Preparedness provides detailed information on biological warfare agents and their mode of transmission and spread. In addition, it explains methods of detection and medical countermeasures, including vaccine and post-exposure therapeutics, with specific sections detailing diseases, their transmission, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, vaccines, prevention and management. This book is useful reading for researchers and advanced students in toxicology, but it will also prove helpful for medical students, civil administration, medical doctors, first responders and security forces.

As the highly unpredictable nature of any event involving biological warfare agents has given rise to the need for the rapid development of accurate detection systems, this book is a timely resource on the topic.

Key Features

  • Introduces different bacterial and viral agents, including Ebola and other emerging threats and toxins
  • Discusses medical countermeasures, including vaccines and post-exposure therapeutics
  • Includes a comprehensive review of current methods of detection


Researchers and advanced students in toxicology and aspects of biological warfare agents. It will also prove helpful for medical students, civil administrators, medical doctors, first responders, and security forces

Table of Contents

  1. Biological warfare agents: History and modern-day relevance
    2. Bacterial biological warfare agents
    3. Toxins as biological warfare agents
    4. Viral agents including threat from emerging viral infections
    5. Advance detection technologies for select biothreat agents
    6. Microfluidics application for detection of biological warfare agents
    7. Collection, storage, and transportation of samples for offsite analysis
    8. Medical management of diseases associated with biological warfare
    9. Protective equipment for protection against biological warfare agents
    10. Environmental sampling and biodecontamination—Recent progress, challenges, and future direction
    11. Biological and toxin warfare convention: Current status and future prospects
    12. Next generation agents (synthetic agents): Emerging threats and challenges in detection, protection, and decontamination
    13. Genome information of BW agents and their application in biodefence
    14. Planning for protection of civilians against bioterrorism


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About the Editors

S.J.S. Flora

38 years of experience working on Chemical and Biological Warfare agents and has contributed immensely in the field of heavy metal toxicology. He also has served as head of different projects related to research on biological and chemical warfare agents.

Awards/honors: awarded prestigious Dr Kailash Nath Katju award of Madhya Pradesh Government in the year 2003 and Shakuntala Amir Chand award of Indian Council of Medical Research in 1995. He has also been conferred with prestigious Prof. Govinda Achari, Prof. S.B. Pandey and Prof. R.C. Dalela ORATIONS and was awarded Distinguished Scientist Life Time Achievement Award of Society of Toxicology (SOT, India) and Association of Biotechnology and Pharmacy (ABAP), Archana Gold medal of Academy of Environmental Biology (AEB) for his contribution in the area of Toxicology. Dr. Flora was awarded “Best New Technology Award” of Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) for 2009 for developing a new and perhaps the first chelating drug in India which may also be the only therapy for chronic arsenic poisoning. Dr Flora is a Board Member of International Society of Dietary Supplement and Phytomedicine (ISDSP), Rome, Italy.

Earned his Ph.D. in 1985 from Industrial Toxicology Research Center, Lucknow, India and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Utah State University, USA.

Fellow of National Academy of Sciences (India) (FNASc), Association of Biotechnologists and Pharmacy (FABP), Academy of Environment Biology (FAEB) and Society of Science and Environment (FSSE). He has published more than 300 research papers/ reviews/ chapters and delivered more than 200 invited lectures in India and abroad and has chaired many scientific sessions.

Author of Elsevier book Handbook of Arsenic Toxicology (2015)

Director National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Lucknow.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Lucknow, India

Vidhu Pachauri

Dr Vidhu is senior research fellow at Defence Research Development Establishment, Gwalior, India, and lecturer at Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research, India.

Affiliations and Expertise

Guest Faculty at NIPER-Raebareli, Lucknow campus and worked as Assistant Professor, Amity Institute of Pharmacy, Amity University, India.

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