Questioning CDC's "Select Agent" Criteria

Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
Science (Impact Factor: 33.61). 02/2002; 295(5552):43. DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5552.43b
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    • "The biological threat agents may be disseminated by food, water, insect vectors, as aerosols or by direct contact, but their ability to cause contagiousness and infectivity vary, as well as their incubation period and their effectiveness to medical treatment (Table 1) (for extensive reading see Franz et al., 1997, Mandell et al., 2005). Human pathogenic fungi are not listed as potential biological threat agents in CDC's select agent list, except for the Coccidioidis spp., in contrast to mycotoxins that are fungal products (Fierer et al., 2002, Casadevall and Pirofski, 2006). "

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