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Bioterrorism

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Last reviewed: July 2016

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Smallpox (Variola) - Factsheets

Smallpox last appeared in Australia in 1938, and the last case naturally occurring cases in the world was reported from Somalia in 1977. The virus is now only held officially in two secure laboratories. Any reappearance of smallpox is likely to be the result of bioterrorism, but the risk of this is extremely low.

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Tularemia

Tularemia is a rare disease caused by bacteria that is usually acquired from the bite of infected ticks or deer flies, or from handling infected animals. Using insect repellent and wearing long sleeves, pants and socks and wearing gloves when handling dead animals can prevent infection in affected areas.

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Security Sensitive Biological Agents

This website provides information about the Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA) Regulatory Scheme.

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