Published on : Mar 01, 2016
The recent outbreak of severe ailments around the world and the rising threat of bioterrorism are the key factors fuelling demand from the global biodefense market. Biodefense has emerged as a popular solution to provide protection against the potential negative effects of bioterrorism, while is spread by biological agents or deployed using biological weaponry. Rapid proliferation of disease surveillance missions to combat the rising threat of bioterrorism is giving a substantial boost to the demand for biodefense worldwide.
Demand for Biodefense is Rising to Combat Bioterrorism
Bioterrorism is spread by the deliberate release of biological agents such as bacteria, toxins, virus, or germs, which may be naturally occurring or may be available in a naturally occurring form, aiming to disseminate infection to spread illness or cause death. While these germs are often available naturally, when used for spreading bioterrorism they are made drug resistant to increase their potential of spreading diseases and infections. Such biological agents can be spread through water, air, food, or from person to person. At initial stage it is hard to detect the presence of these infections since they show little or no symptoms in the first few hours or days. Biodefense is considered as one of the most potent solutions to guard people against such incidences.
There are two ways in which biodefense is deployed. It is either used to provide protection against attacks on civil population or on military targets. In order to provide protection against attack on civilian population the detection of infection is very important. Furthermore, methods are deployed to minimize casualties and loss of food and water.
Favorable Government Policies Support the Growth of Global Biodefense Market
In the last couple of years, the demand for biodefense has increased substantially in response to the rising importance of disease surveillance to combat threats of bioterrorism. When U.S. was attacked on September 11, 2011, it was followed by the outbreak of spores, anthrax, and other severe ailments. These incidents made the world understand the extent of devastation that bioterrorism can bring about. Hence, governments around the world began giving more importance to improving the public health preparedness, to reduce the response time in case of the occurrence of such incidents in the future. Such government policies gives significant impetus to the global market for biodefense.