Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses

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Abstract

  • The previously unthinkable prospect of bioterrorism has become, in the post September 11 political climate, a proven threat that presents a substantial, ongoing risk to industrialized nations. This risk requires a healthy respect for the capabilities of the most lethal potential agents of bioterrorism, in this case, the viral hemorrhagic fevers. These lethal viruses represent a continuing public health threat in endemic areas. Now, because of the ease and speed of global travel, business travelers and tourists unwittingly infected with these deadly pathogens are arriving without warning at hospitals in industrialized nations, presenting novel diagnostic challenges - as well as significant new risks - to western health care workers and hospital employees. By recognizing risk factors for both naturally acquired VHF infection as well as signs and symptoms of a VHF-based bioterrorism attack, physicians and other health care workers who use proper barrier precautions can evaluate and manage patients suspected of harboring VHF infection and at the same time minimize the infectious risk of these highly contagious and potentially lethal pathogens. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Pigott DC
  • Start Page

  • 765
  • End Page

  • 783
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • 4