Antiviral options for biodefense

Curr Opin Virol. 2013 Oct;3(5):537-41. doi: 10.1016/j.coviro.2013.05.020. Epub 2013 Jun 15.


A key to biodefense strategies is an assessment of current therapies available as well as the expedited development of new antiviral therapeutic options. Viruses make up the majority of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Category A Priority Pathogens, agents that are considered to pose the greatest risk to public health and national security, and yet there are currently no approved treatments for most of these viral biodefense threats. A review of the Category A viral biothreat agents and strategies for the development of new therapeutics are presented here.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Bioterrorism / prevention & control*
  • Communicable Disease Control / methods
  • Communicable Disease Control / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (U.S.)
  • Public Health
  • United States
  • Virus Diseases / drug therapy
  • Virus Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Virus Diseases / virology


  • Antiviral Agents