Clinical microbiologists facing an anthrax alert.

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Version: Final published version
Serval ID
serval:BIB_7C73BB419452
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Publication sub-type
Review (review): journal as complete as possible of one specific subject, written based on exhaustive analyses from published work.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Clinical microbiologists facing an anthrax alert.
Journal
Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Author(s)
Jaton K., Greub G.
ISSN
1469-0691 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
1198-743X
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2014
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
20
Number
6
Pages
503-506
Language
english
Abstract
Microbiological war and terrorist attacks are made to weaken populations by transmitting pathogenic and epidemic microorganisms. These bacteria or viruses are often difficult to diagnose. Anthrax alerts following September 2001 showed that most clinical microbiology laboratories were not adequately prepared, using obsolete diagnostic methods or being too slow to use accurate tools when facing a major threat. Following this period, most microbiology laboratories were prepared for bioterrorism alerts, in order to provide accurate and rapid results, although such events are rare and unexpected. In this review, we describe the organization and preparedness of our clinical microbiology laboratory regarding bioterrorism risk, although its main task is to perform routine diagnostic microbiology tests. To illustrate the difficulties, we briefly describe an anthrax alert.
Keywords
Anthrax/diagnosis, Bacteriological Techniques/methods, Bioterrorism, Civil Defense/organization & administration, Humans
Pubmed
Web of science
Open Access
Yes
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05/09/2014 18:20
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20/08/2019 15:38
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