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Preparing for expected bioterrorism attacks.
Moser R Jr.; White GL; Lewis-Younger CR; Garrett LC
Mil Med 2001 May; 166(5):369-374
The threat of bioterrorism in the United States is increasing. Health professionals, especially "front-line" practitioners, must be able to recognize the potential for major impacts from a bioterrorism event. Although an effective attack could produce numbers of casualties equivalent to those resulting from a nuclear weapon, an unannounced attack would be unlikely to be recognized immediately. Health workers may be the first to recognize an attack. However, only limited assistance is available to aid local community medical organizations in planning for bioterrorism. Military medical personnel have had more experience in planning for terrorist activities than many of their civilian colleagues. Their experience may be invaluable to local civilian treatment facilities in developing practical plans to meet the unique aspects of bioterrorism. In addition to considering agent-specific medical problems and requirements, it is particularly important for plans to address command and control, communication, and coordination if the resultant response is to be effective.
Biological-warfare-agents; Biological-weapons; Disaster-planning; Disaster-prevention; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Military-personnel; Health-care-facilities; Public-health; Medical-facilities; Medical-sciences; Disease-control; Disease-prevention; Emergency-responders; Emergency-response; Emergency-treatment; Emergency-care; Hazardous-materials; Health-hazards; Health-sciences
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, 75 South 2000 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5120
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University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division