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ASA 04-5, Issue No. 104, October 29, 2004

Dr. Robert DeBell is a senior member of the CBMTS Executive Committee and a Senior Member of the Independent ASA Board of Advisors

How Dangerous is Influenza?

by Robert M. DeBell, Ph.D.

                                 Although too often the general public does not consider influenza a serious disease, both the research and medical communities realize the influenza virus is capable of being a serious killer, especially for the young and old. In the widely recognized pandemic of 1918, about 20 million people (n.b., 500,000 deaths in the U.S.) died from the infection(1); however, some estimate the death toll to have been between 50 and 100 million.(2) This was at a time when transportation was far more limited than at present and when the world population was less than two billion, approximately a third of the population now. In balance, however, present day medicine and available pharmaceuticals are far more effective than during the early 20th century.

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ASA welcomes dialog in the BTWC discussion.

The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Its Current Status and Prospects

by Graham S. Pearson

          During the years up to 2001, regular articles in the ASA Newsletter addressed the progress of the Ad Hoc Group (AHG) of the States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) in negotiating a legally binding instrument to strengthen the effectiveness and improve the implementation of the Convention. These articles culminated in one entitled “The BTWC Protocol: The Chairman’s Composite Text” in ASA Newsletter 01-04 on 31 August 2001. This appeared in the same ASA Newsletter as one entitled “US Rejection of the Protocol at the Eleventh Hour Endangers Collective Security Against Biological Weapons” reporting the US rejection on 25 July 2001.
           This article considers the developments since then and assesses the prospects for the future. It starts by recalling the key elements in the over 200 page Chairman’s composite text, which appeared in March 2001 after six years of negotiation.

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John Hart is with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and he is also an ASA Correspondent for Science and Technology. John, who is very well known and respected around the world, is noted for his in-depth research and analysis across the spectrum of NBC issues.

Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Nonproliferation Workshop for Central Asia and the Caucasus

by John Hart (SIPRI)*

           On 20-21 September the conference “Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Nonproliferation Workshop for Central Asia and [the] Caucasus” was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The workshop was funded by the Canadian government through the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) and was organized by the Ministry for Public Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the M. Aikimbayev Kazakh Scientific Center for Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases (also known as the Almaty Anti-plague Institute), and the Monterey Institute of International Studies Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). The meeting was held partly in order to provide nonproliferation training to government officials and public health workers of the region and partly to provide background for a forthcoming CNS study of the mainly non-Russian components of the Soviet Anti-plague System. The conference also helped those who were formerly a part of the Soviet Anti-plague System to strengthen their professional contacts.

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an inside look at ASA 04-5

The Professional Library
CBMTS - Industry IV
4th SISPAT - The Workshop
4th SISPAT/CBMTS Symposium
Historical Note: Shikhany Central 16
OPCW Designation for Protechnik Labs 22
Int’l Symposium on NBC Terrorism Defense 23
4th Conference Military Medical Doctors 23
Battelle’s National Security Division 24
Industry Note: O’Dell Engineering 27
Asia-Pacific Intercity Symposium: Terrorism 27
Recent Contracts 28
BioScope ‘04 32



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