Handbook on Biological Warfare Preparedness

Handbook on Biological Warfare Preparedness

1st Edition - October 5, 2019

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  • Editors: S.J.S Flora, Vidhu Pachauri
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128120262
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128120552

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 306
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: October 5, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128120262
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128120552

About the Editors

S.J.S Flora

Dr. S. J. S. Flora is the Former Director of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Raebareli (NIPER-R), Uttar Pradesh, India, since 2016. Dr. Flora was head of Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Defense Research and Development Establishment, Gwalior, India. He earned his PhD in 1985 from CSIR-Indian Toxicology Research Center, Lucknow, and was a postdoctoral research associate at Utah State University, USA. His most highlighted contribution has been the development of a new drug for the therapy of chronic arsenic poisoning, which was approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). He has published more than 350 research papers, 75 review articles/chapters, 18 patents, and more than 16,000 citations. He has published 6 books including the prestigious Handbook of Arsenic Toxicology and the Handbook of Arsenic Toxicology and the Handbook on Biological Warfare Preparedness published by Elsevier/Academic Press (USA).

Affiliations and Expertise

Former Director, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, 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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  • Michael Thu Jun 17 2021

    very impressive work by the authors.

    Delivers what it promises. Only issue I had, description of individual bioagents a bit too summarized (particularly clinical signs and symptoms).

  • vvs Sun Nov 03 2019

    book is very comprehensive

    i like to read this book