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June, 2007


Hispanic Health Program


                            BIOTERRORISM

WHAT IS THE PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM?


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The risk of a terrorism attack against US citizens is now a fact of life.

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Response to terrorism events requires rapid deployment of limited public health resources.

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The nation's public health infrastructure to quickly detect and rapidly respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive large-scale terrorism event should continue to be enhanced.


WHAT HAS CDC ACCOMPLISHED?

CDC has established a terrorism preparedness program to ensure the development and enhancement of federal, state, and local capacity to address potential terrorism threats. The program integrates planning and evaluation to facilitate the development and enhancement of core capacities including preparedness and response, epidemiology and surveillance, chemical and biological laboratory analysis capabilities, communications systems, risk communications, training, and the distribution of emergency pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. In addition, CDC maintains a cooperative agreement program in excess of one billion dollars for state and selected local public health jurisdictions.
 

Example of program in action:
  Fiscal Year 2001-02 and 2003 CDC Bioterrorism Program Funding to U.S. States and Territories with some of the Largest Concentrations of Hispanic Residents
 
STATE/TERRITORY*  

AMOUNT

AMOUNT

    2001-02 2003
California1   85,407,416 99,711,714
Florida   40,581,081 47,452,596
Illinois2   37,648,693 42,462,311
New York3   52,246,707 59,481,699
Texas   51,421,771 60,410,457
Puerto Rico*   13,478,992 14,952,061
1) includes Los Angeles County. (2) includes Chicago. (3) Includes New York City.

In response to its large Hispanic audience, CDC has added a link to its bioterrorism website for Spanish-speaking users: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/es/.  Special provisions have been made to translate patient medication and disease information sheets into several languages including Spanish for immediate use following a bioterrorism event.


WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?

CDC will continue to enhance public health infrastructure for bioterrorism preparedness and develop response capacity working with its public health partners and community organizations. It will be important to identify new focus areas that could enhance the ability to respond to all types of public health emergencies and to continue to work on making the bioterrorism resources available to all people, but especially Hispanics, the fastest growing population group in the country.
 

For more information, contact the CDC Bioterrorism Program, Mailstop C18, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30333: (404) 639-0784: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/.


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