Marina Voronova-Abrams

Articles by Marina Voronova-Abrams

3 August 2011

Biosecurity 2.0: Enduring threats in the former Soviet Union

Marina Voronova-Abrams

The announcement sent ripples throughout the international health community: On April 23, 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that seven children suffering from paralysis in the poor former Soviet country of Tajikistan were victims of poliomyelitis. Genetic sequencing showed that the virus had probably arrived with a traveler from India. It was the first importation of polio into Europe since 2002, when the region was certified as polio-free.

1 July 2011
For the past 20 years the international community concentrated its biological nonproliferation programs in the former Soviet Union.