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HANTAVIRUS: An increasing Public Health Concern


Hantavirus is of concern to us today like most emerging diseases and diseases of bio-terrorism since we find ourselves in an era of terrorism.

The Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at CDC, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr James M. Hughes, illustrated the possibility of bioterrorism before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies on June 2, 1998. This possibility arose during the investigations of the 1993 outbreak of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in the United States which is listed as a category C disease of bioterrorism (CDC, 2011).

*President Clinton W.J. during his speech on “keeping America secure for the 21st Century” at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. on January 22, 1999 called on the American people to be aware of bioterrorism.

This presentation will outline some of the ways that we can prevent, identify and manage outbreaks of Hantavirus. Click on APP9MbimbaW above for this presentation.

Walters Mbimba

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