Published online: 2018-10-20
DOI: 10.24075/brsmu.2018.054
To understand how vulnerable are a society, an economy and a state in the face of a biohazard, one should attempt to identify any potential holes in the national biosafety system, such as the lack of important components or technologies for biological monitoring and the inadequacy of existing analytical methods used to prevent or counteract biogenic threats. In Russia, biological monitoring is quite advanced. However, the agencies that ensure proper functioning of its components lack collaboration and do not form a well-coordinated network. Each of such agencies alone cannot provide comprehensive information on the subject. In the Russian Federation, there are at least 4 state-funded programs that collect epidemiological data and are quite efficient in performing the narrow task of monitoring infections. But because there is no central database where epidemiological data can be channeled and subsequently shared, these agencies do not complete each other. This leaves the Russian society, economy and state vulnerable to biogenic threats. We need an adequately organized, modern, fully functional and effective system for monitoring biohazards that will serve as a basis for the national biosafety system and also a tool for the identification and elimination of its weaknesses.
Published online: 2018-08-23
DOI: 10.24075/brsmu.2018.038
In spite of successful measures taken to reduce mortality associated with tuberculosis, this disease is still widely spread. In some Russian regions the number of patients with tuberculosis is no short of the epidemic level. The long-term use of antibiotics, changes in the composition of the human microbiota and a few other factors have contributed to the emergence of drug-resistant and hypervirulent sublineages of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Insufficient fundamental knowledge of mechanisms underlying the emergence and evolution of M. tuberculosis clones simultaneously resistant to a wide spectrum of antibiotics and exhibiting increased virulence complicates the situation and necessitates a new strategy to combat the disease. The key concepts of this strategy are «superorganism», «microbiota» and «resistome». The emergence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively resistant (XDR) strains should be addressed in the context of the «superorganism»; among its components are the human body, its microbiota (specifically, the bacteria that affect the immune status), and M. tuberculosis itself. Clinically studied phenotypes and genotypes of MDR/XDR strains are a result of clonal variability that M. tuberculosis develops as part of this «superorganism». Therefore, it is important to focus on the development of vaccines, adjuvants and probiotics with selective immunomodulating and antioxidant properties.
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