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A Dentist Role against Bioterrorism- An Overview
Rajkumari Surbala Devi, Aruna CN, Padma K. Bhat, Rejita Nongmeikapam, Shafi Ahmad, Mamatha Murthy


Bioterrorism is terrorism involving the intentional release or dissemination of biological agents (viruses, bacteria, and fungi) or toxins to produce disease and death in humans, livestock, and crops, their attraction in war and for use in terrorist attacks. Biological weapons can be disseminated by aerosol sprays, explosives, or food and water contamination. The preparedness against these agents needs complete knowledge about the disease, better research, training, and diagnostic facilities. Bioweapons are potentially hazardous, and failure in recognition of any of these attacks can lead to devastation. The dental profession could potentially play a significant role in the emergency response to a major bioterrorism attack.

KEYWORDS:Biological agents, Bioterrorism attack, Bioterrorism, Bioweapons, Dental profession