Update of the WHO 1970 report on the health aspects of chemical and biological weapons. The report is intended to provide guidance to member states on public health preparations for responding to the deliberate use of biological and chemical agents to cause harm. Six chapters consider the ways such agents may endanger public health, use standard principles of risk management to outline steps towards preparation, discuss the role of domestic and international law in preparedness planning, and identify available sources of international assistance
"Second edition of Health aspects of chemical and biological weapons: report of a WHO group of consultants, Geneva, World Health Organization, 1970."
"Executive editor ... J.P. Perry Robinson"--Page xvi
Includes bibliographical references (pages 320-334)
Developments since the first edition -- Origin and purpose of the present report -- Some working definitions -- Structure -- Assessing the Threat to Public Health -- Technological developments -- Advancing science -- Preliminary threat assessment -- Biological and Chemical Agents -- The representative group of agents -- Scope of the international treaties -- Historical experience -- Dissemination of biological and chemical agents -- Routes of exposure -- Respiratory system -- Skin -- Oronasal mucus and conjunctiva -- Digestive system -- Characteristics of biological agents -- Characteristics of chemical agents -- Consequences of using biological or chemical weapons -- Short-term consequences -- Long-term consequences -- Psychological warfare aspects -- Public Health Preparedness and Response -- Preparedness -- Threat analysis -- Pre-emption of attack -- Preparing to respond -- Preparing public information and communication packages -- Validation of response capabilities -- Response -- Response before any overt release of a biological or chemical agent -- Distinguishing features of biological and chemical incidents -- Response to biological incidents -- Response to chemical incidents -- Principles of risk analysis -- The sarin incidents in Japan -- The deliberate release of anthrax spores through the United States postal system -- Legal Aspects -- The 1925 Geneva Protocol -- The 1972 Biological Weapons Convention -- International obligations -- National implementation -- The 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention -- International obligations -- National implementation -- BWC implementing legislation -- CWC implementing legislation -- International Sources of Assistance -- United Nations -- Investigation of alleged use -- Humanitarian assistance -- Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons -- Biological Weapons Convention -- World Health Organization -- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations -- World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) -- Nongovernmental organizations -- Chemical agents -- Toxins -- Biological agents -- Principles of protection -- Precautions against the sabotage of drinking-water, food and other products -- Information resources -- Affiliation of WHO Member States to the International Treaties on Biological and Chemical Weapons