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ASA 04-4, Issue No. 103, August 27, 2004


This invited paper was presented at the CBMTS V, the fifth CBMTS plenary, Spiez Laboratory Switzerland, 25-30 April 2004 and is in the CBMTS V Proceedings.

Zoonotic Diseases, Bioterroism and Agroterrorism: Prevention by Preparedness

by David H. Moore, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Battelle Memorial Institute

Introduction
          Over the past several years, the scope of terrorist threats have expanded and as a result, it has become necessary to pay greater attention to the possibilities of bioterrorism and agroterrorism; potential events that could have a devastating impact to each of the countries represented at this CBMTS conference. The purpose of this presentation is to increase awareness of the relationships between zoonotic diseases, bioterrorism and agroterrorism and to raise the level of concern so as to increase the sharing of information in this area at future CBMTS meetings.

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BTWC Meeting of Experts, Geneva

19 to 30 July 2004
by Graham S. Pearson

           In the new process agreed at the resumed Fifth Review Conference in December 2004, the States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) agreed to meet annually in 2003, 2004 and 2005 to ‘discuss, and promote common understandings and effective action’ on one or two topics each year and that that annual meeting of States Parties would be prepared by a two week Meeting of Experts. The meetings in 2003 would be chaired by the Eastern Group (Ambassador Tibor Toth of Hungary), in 2004 by the Non-Aligned Movement (Peter Goosen of South Africa) and in 2005 by the Western Group (a representative of the United Kingdom).

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A 20 Year Cancer-Related Mortality Follow-up Study of Mustard Gas Exposed Iranian Veterans

by:
Farahnaz Falahati, Mohammad Reza Soroush,
Amir Ali Salamat,Shahriar Khateri, Ali Reza Hosseini
Janbazan Medical and Enginearing Research Center JMERC
19615/616 Tehran – Iran

Abstract
          Chemical warfare agents were frequently used by Iraqi forces during Iraq-Iran war (1980-1988). It has been estimated that about 100,000 Iranian military and civilians have been exposed to this chemical agent during the 80's and at present about 45,000 individuals are suffering from long term health effects of mustard gas which is an alkylating agent with highly cytotoxic properties even at low dose levels. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified mustard gas as a carcinogen.
          In this Investigation a Retrospective mortality Follow-up study was conducted among those CW victims who died between 1984-2004, because of a confirmed malignancy.

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an inside look at ASA 04-4

The Professional Library
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SISPAT IV with CBMTS
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NBC Books in China
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Japan/US Security Conference 12
International NBC Terrorism Meeting Japan 13
NIAID Biodefense Priority Pathogens 14
Wilton Park Conference on CB Weapons 14
ON THE STREET 15
FOCAL POINT NEWS 15
Jack Woodall 23
TEP 90 Decontamination System - Spotlight 24
Smallpox vaccine website: a resource for all 27
Water Terrorism Preparedness 27
Industry Notes 27
Recent Contracts 29
BioScope 04 32

 

 
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