Coxiella burnetii

Authored by: Mark D. Bennett , Michael J. Banazis

Manual of Security Sensitive Microbes and Toxins

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9781466553965
eBook ISBN: 9781466553989
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Coxiella burnetii was recognized as a potential bioterrorism agent only two decades after it was first described. In 1950s America, Operation Whitecoat used conscientious objectors in human experiments to investigate infectious dose, vaccine efficacy, and antibiotic therapies for C. burnetii. 1 Operation Whitecoat was a response to the Soviet Union biological warfare program that may have deliberately released C. burnetii during World War II. 2

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