Biosecurity: Q fever cause by coxiella burnetii

Jul 12th, 2016
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As a graduate of the Biotechnology program at UMUC, you've been hired as an ad hoc reviewer by DTRA and BARDA to investigate the current risk and state of research for countermeasures for your assigned agent. Your report will be used to determine the relative importance of your agent versus all of the other potential agents. To aid in this determination, you will include a risk assessment (similar to the one that you did in class) and provide rationale in paragraph form for the scores given for each attribute on the risk assessment. You will include scores for anthrax and other agents that you provided scores for in the class for comparison purposes (but no write-up on those scores). This will enable your boss at those agencies (me) to have a good idea of the relative importance of that agent.

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Running head: Q FEVER AS CAUSED BY COXIELLA BURNETIIQ fever as caused by Coxiella burnetiiNameInstitution1Q FEVER AS CAUSED BY COXIELLA BURNETII2AbstractThe known etiological agent of Q fever is Coxiella burnetii, a bacterium. This disease has been aworrying issue in humans and animals as well. The major agents for its spread are inhalationthrough virtual and real exposure. It is also spread via contaminated agricultural places. Thisdisease has been observed in many European nations especially in Germany and the Netherlands.It has also erupted in Australia and the Middle East. In the situations of its outbreak, there havebeen massive immunization programs, a factor pointing to imaginable weaponry and confirmedmild cases in certain situations. This aspect has been the cause of disagreement in the places ofmilitary operations especially those personnel deployed in the Middle East as early as 1990. Themanner of exposure to the agents is obtainable by the measures laid in place for seroconversionto the limit of the antibodies for the same bacterium. The disease has proven infectious because itis categorically stable environmentally. The weaponry mechanisms consider the geneticmandates of the causing bacterium. This has proven successful in war and destructive at the sametime in the late 1990s and early 2000s. To save the situation, a vaccine has been laid in place toprotect against the problems of the disease for the sake of biodefense motives. Q fever

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