Investigating Disease Outbreaks under a Protocol to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention [open pdf - 37KB]
"The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention prohibits the development, production, and stockpiling of biological weapons agents or delivery devices for anything other than peaceful purposes. A protocol currently in the final stages of negotiation adds verification measures to the convention. One of these measures will be international investigation of disease outbreaks that suggest a violation of the convention, i.e., outbreaks that may be caused by use of biological weapons or release of harmful agents from a facility conducting prohibited work. Adding verification measures to the current Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention will affect the international public health and epidemiology communities; therefore, active involvement of these communities in planning the implementation details of the protocol will be important."
Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/
Emerging Infectious Diseases (November-December 2000), v.6 no.6, p. 595-600