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Author(s) : B. Vallat

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A major concern when drafting any public document on bioterrorism is that it will instruct (potential) perpetrators on what to do and how to do it. And yet the reader must be made fully aware of the risks and the urgency of proper responses to this threat. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is very sensitive to that concern. The benefits of accurate information and informed awareness must outweigh the possible costs of the abuse of that information. It is a difficult balancing act. However, if governments respond to this threat by merely re-publishing existing disease control procedures with a few minor improvements, their veterinary and public health services will not be able to take the appropriate prophylactic actions and their countries will be inadequately defended.

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