Handbook on Biological Warfare Preparedness provides detailed information on biological warfare agents, their mode of transmission and spread. It also explains methods of detection and medical counter measures including vaccine and post-exposure therapeutics. The infectious disease burden is increasing as many emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are reported in the present century. The threat of use of biological warfare agents, such as these diseases, in a terrorism-related issue or in a warfare situation is looming. In addition to the conventional biological warfare agents and toxins today, humanity is also threatened by modified pathogens and synthetic biology created agents. Several bacterial, viral agents and toxins can pose a public health risk in the event of a bioterrorist or biological warfare attack. The highly unpredictable nature of any event involving biological warfare agents has given rise to the need for developing rapid and accurate detection systems.
Handbook on Biological Warfare Preparedness contains detailed accounts about the diseases, their transmission, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, vaccines, prevention and management. It is useful reading for researchers and advanced students in toxicology and aspects of biological warfare agents. It will also prove helpful for medical students, civil administration, medical doctors, first responders, and security forces.
- Introduces different bacterial and viral agents including ebola and other emerging threats and toxins
- Discusses medical counter measures including vaccines and post-exposure therapeutics
- Includes comprehensive review of the current methods for detection
Researchers and advanced students in toxicology and aspects of biological warfare agents. It will also prove helpful for medical students, civil administration, medical doctors, first responders, and security forces
- History of Biological Warfare Agents
2. Biological Warfare Agents and characteristics
7. Rickettsial Diseases
8. Q fever
10. Bacterial Toxins
11. Haemorrhagic Viruses
12. Detection of Biological Warfare Agents
13. Individual Protection against BW agents
14. Decontamination of BW agents
15. Management of biological emergencies
16. Vaccines for BW agents
17. Post Exposure therapeutics for toxins
18. Antimicrobials for treatment of biological warfare agents
19. Bioterrorsim and its impact on global health
20. Emerging and reemerging viral infections and importance as biological warfare agents
- No. of pages:
- © Academic Press 2018
- 1st June 2018
- Academic Press
- Paperback ISBN:
30 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 delivered more than 150 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), at Central Drug Research Institute and Raebareli.
Director, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Central Drug Research Institute, Raebareli
Expert in Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, and Molecular Biological Techniques. 20 years of research experience in microbiology and presently working on the detection, protection and decontamination of bacterial biological warfare agents. He has specific interest on the development of detection methodologies for biological warfare agents.
Division of Regulatory Toxicology, Ministry of Defence, Government of India, Gwalior, India