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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 59-62

Bioterrorism: Challenges and considerations

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, M.G.V's K.B.H Dental College and Hospital, Panchavati, Nashik - 422 003, Maharashtra, India
2 AECS Maaruti College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Nilima Prakash
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, M.G.V's K.B.H Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai-Agra Road, Panchavati, Nashik - 422 003, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0975-1475.81283

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Bioterrorism, the deliberate, private use of biological agents to harm and frighten the people of a state or society, is related to the military use of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. Attacks with biological agents are among the most insidious and breed the greatest fear. Attacks could go undetected for a long time, potentially exposing a vast number of people, who are unaware of the threat. Dentist's responses to catastrophes have been redefined by bioterrorism. Accurate and substantial information given to the public by credible public health and medical experts can do much to allay their fears and encourage their cooperation and participation in constructive, organized community response efforts. The dental profession could potentially play a significant role in the emergency response to a major bioterrorism attack.

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