Laboratory Aspects of Biological Warfare Agents
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH INST OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES FORT DETRICK MD FORT DETRICK
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The three primary methods typical laboratories use for detectiondiagnostics of infectious agents is1 cultivation of a viable agent,2 use of the infected host to obtain evidence of infection typically a serological response or other host response such as encephalitis, and3 direct detection of the agent using laboratory methods such as amplification of the infectious agents nucleic acids or an immunoassay targeted toward the infectious agents proteins. May this manual provide you a reference to understand and provide good quality laboratory results for the protection of our war fighters from bio-threat agents, and infectious diseases in genera. Supporting the latter, information on the geographic dispersion of these agents is included in this manual to help provide a basis of information on the agents occurance naturally to help put in context any medical intelligence that is being developed.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare