Department of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City 66160-7354, USA
We have witnessed the advent of the antibiotic era and the development of potent immunization agents in the second half of the 20th century. These remarkable scientific tools enable us to treat and control infectious diseases effectively. Yet the development of microbial resistance to antimicrobial agents and the emergence of new or previously unrecognized infectious diseases continue to challenge the medical and public health professionals. Most ominously, the ill-natured terrorists and mistrustful administrators in certain nations have capitalized on the modern microbial technology to create means for bioterrorism and biological warfare. When will humans ever learn?
J Microbiol Immunol Infect 2001;34:1-7.