Preparing Physicians for Recognizing and Responding to Bioterrorism: A Needs-based Approach Stephen C. Alder, Ph.D. Melissa Vellinga October 20, 2004 Countering Bioterrorism 2004 Preparedness through Partnerships
“The public health community should acknowledge the substantial harm that bioterrorism preparedness has already caused and develop mechanisms to increase our public health resources and to allocate them to address the world’s real health needs”
Cohen HW, Gould RM, Sidel VW. The Pitfalls of Bioterrorism Preparedness: the Anthrax and Smallpox Experiences. American Journal of Public Health. 2004;94:1667-1670.
CDC's Health Alert Network has upgraded the capacity of state and local health agencies to detect and communicate different health threats—including bioterrorism, emerging infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and environmental hazards. This means that we reap the benefits of these investments every day, not just in the event of a bioterrorist attack.
CDC Programs in Brief: Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness http://www.cdc.gov/programs/bt.htm
“Terrorism presents many new challenges to the nation’s public health infrastructure. ……It is urgent that we now change and reinvest in our public health system to establish and maintain a strong disease-defense system- nationwide, competent, and modern.”
Levy BS, Sidel VW. Terrorism and Public Health: A Balanced Approach to Strengthening Systems and Protecting People. Oxford University Press; New York: 2003.
UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, Bioterrorism: Are you prepared slideshow presentation
Example of training resources from CDC for small group presentations to enable Primary Care physicians to recognize signs and symptoms of diseases caused by class A BT agents (learning objective 2)
Example of training resources from UCLA for small group presentations to enable Primary Care physicians to recognize signs and symptoms of diseases caused by class A BT agents (learning objective 2)
UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters Bioterrorism Training for Physicians Updated March 2003 Over 1700 Downloads Since Going Online October 2001 Available at: http://www.ph.ucla.edu/cphdr/bioterrorism