Identification

Author

Institute of Medicine and National Research Council

Title

BioWatch and public health surveillance: Evaluating systems for the early detection of biological threats: Abbreviated version

Year

2011

Publication type

Book

Modified

2016-08-10 18:23:50.023966+00:00

Details

Publisher

The National Academies Press

Book title

BioWatch and Public Health Surveillance: Evaluating Systems for the Early Detection of Biological Threats: Abbreviated Version

Access

Language

English

URL http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12688
DOI

10.17226/12688

Accessed

2016-05-09

Extended information

Abstract

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the anthrax letters, the ability to detect biological threats as quickly as possible became a top priority. In 2003 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced the BioWatch program--a federal monitoring system intended to speed detection of specific biological agents that could be released in aerosolized form during a biological attack. The present volume evaluates the costs and merits of both the current BioWatch program and the plans for a new generation of BioWatch devices. BioWatch and Public Health Surveillance also examines infectious disease surveillance through hospitals and public health agencies in the United States, and considers whether BioWatch and traditional infectious disease surveillance are redundant or complementary.