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Preparing for smallpox: occupational health nursing update.

Authors
Cunha-BE
Source
AAOHN J 2003 May; 51(5):227-235
NIOSHTIC No.
20039374
Abstract
Smallpox has plagued humans for thousands of years. Although smallpox has been eliminated as an active disease in humans, there is a threat that terrorist organizations or nations could use smallpox as a weapon against the population of the United States. The U.S. government has recognized this threat and has asked the CDC to prepare for such a possibility. A plan to identify, treat, and vaccinate the population in any area of the country where an outbreak of smallpox might occur has been developed and is being implemented. The CDC plan calls for rapid response by local, state, and federal response teams. Preparation of these teams is currently underway. Parts of the CDC plan, including educating and screening individuals who may be part of the response teams, vaccinating personnel, and following up with the vaccinated personnel, are activities consistent with the occupational health nurse's role.
Keywords
Diseases; Humans; Men; Women; Children; Viral-diseases; Respiratory-infections; Respiration; Pulmonary-system; Infectious-diseases
CODEN
AAJOEP
Publication Date
20030501
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008672
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0891-0162
Source Name
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
State
IL; TN; WI
Performing Organization
University of Illinois-Chicago
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