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Biopreparedness and Public Health

Exploring Synergies

  • Iris Hunger
  • Vladan Radosavljevic
  • Goran Belojevic
  • Lisa D. Rotz
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Iris Hunger
    Pages 1-6
  3. Jonathan B. Tucker
    Pages 7-16
  4. Catherine Smallwood, Andrew Smith, Nicolas Isla, Maurizio Barbeschi
    Pages 39-43
  5. Dorit Nitzan Kaluski, Maria Ruseva
    Pages 45-54
  6. Raynichka Mihaylova-Garnizova, Kamen Plochev
    Pages 75-89
  7. Elisande Nexon
    Pages 91-105
  8. Christine Uhlenhaut, Lars Schaade, Ernst-Jürgen Finke
    Pages 107-119
  9. Nikolaos V. Zaras
    Pages 121-130
  10. Adini Bruria, Manfred S. Green, Daniel Laor
    Pages 131-145
  11. Francesco Urbano, Maria Rita Gismondo
    Pages 147-160
  12. Anna Bielecka, Janusz Kocik
    Pages 161-171
  13. Alexandru Rafila, Daniela Pitigoi
    Pages 173-185
  14. Goran Belojevic
    Pages 187-195
  15. Gurkan Mert
    Pages 197-207
  16. Lisa D. Rotz, Marcelle Layton
    Pages 209-220
  17. Iris Hunger, Lisa D. Rotz, Goran Belojevic, Vladan Radosavljevic
    Pages 221-225

About these proceedings


The terrorist use of diseases as bioweapons has been one of the major security concerns in recent years, particularly after the anthrax letter attacks in the USA in 2001. This uncertain threat of intentional outbreaks of diseases exists side by side with the constantly changing very real threat from diseases, epidemics and pandemics as recently illustrated by the H1N1 influenza pandemic, SARS, and H5N1 bird influenza events.


This publication contains case studies on the public health planning for (un)usual disease outbreaks for 11 large and small countries with a focus on South Eastern Europe. In many countries, military entities traditionally play an important role in emergency response to disease outbreaks. In smaller countries, very little exists, however, in terms of specific biopreparedness efforts (in both the military and civilian area), which is at least partly due to a relatively low bioterrorism threat perception, and serious resource constraints.


The uncertainty associated with the bioterrorism threat makes public health preparedness planning for such events politically and financially very difficult. The similarity of responding to bioterrorism events and natural disease outbreaks from a public health point of view suggests the merit of looking at biopreparedness as a part of overall health emergency planning, not as a separate effort.


biopreparedness bioterrorism countermeasures public health in South Eastern Europe public health security

Editors and affiliations

  • Iris Hunger
    • 1
  • Vladan Radosavljevic
    • 2
  • Goran Belojevic
    • 3
  • Lisa D. Rotz
    • 4
  1. 1.Weizsacker Center Science & Peace Res.University of HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.BelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.Institute of Hygiene and Medical Ecology, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  4. 4.Centers for Disease Control and PreventiAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biopreparedness and Public Health
  • Book Subtitle Exploring Synergies
  • Editors Iris Hunger
    Vladan Radosavljevic
    Goran Belojevic
    Lisa D. Rotz
  • Series Title NATO Science for Peace and Security Series A: Chemistry and Biology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-5272-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-5299-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-5273-3
  • Series ISSN 1874-6489
  • Series E-ISSN 1874-6527
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 225
  • Number of Illustrations 27 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Emergency Services
    Infectious Diseases
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