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Transcript of Bioterrorism
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AS DEFINED BY THE UNITED NATIONS...
"An anxiety-inspiring method of repeated violent action, employed by (semi-) clandestine individual, group or state actors, for idiosyncratic, criminal or political reasons, whereby - in contrast to assassination - the direct targets of violence are not the main targets."
WHAT IS TERRORISM?
Person/people armed and on a mission
Usage of bombs, firearms, weaponry.
To fulfill a political, religious,
By Neha Sharma & Jaspreet Kaur
What are some concerns?
Simulation: How Are Diseases Spread?
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CAREFULLY OPEN ENVELOPE, TAKE LETTER OUT, PUT ASIDE
POUR SUBSTANCE INTO WATER- DISSOLVE
WHAT IS IT?
Equally destructive as bomb or missile.
Difficult to detect
AS DEFINED BY THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION...
The "deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness of death in people, animals or plants".
AGENTS OF BIOTERRORISM
CATEGORY A: high priority pathogens, national security risk, person to person contact
CATEGORY B: moderately easy to disperse, moderate morbidity/mortality rates, require enhanced surveillance
CATEGORY C: 3rd highest priority, difficult to engineer for mass dispersion, if created = high mortality/morbidity rates
HOW ARE ACTS OF BIOTERRORISM CARRIED OUT?
pathogens easily transmitte
can even linger in air for long time
EASY & CHEAP
most come from natural resources
can be found at minimal expense
The internet has made creating and and gaining knowledge about weaponry easier then ever
WHAT DOES ONE NEED TO KNOW TO CARRY OUT AN ATTACK?
some biomedical knowledge
& have criminal intent
IS IT A GLOBAL ISSUE?
ease of transfer
globalization, travel, trade
is a constant
noone is immune
NO NEW PHENOMENA
Around for centuries:
Mesopotamia mycotoxin well poisoning
14th Century plague corpse catapult
French&Indian War smallpox blankets
NOTHING NEW.. SO WHY NOW?
NYT: Randell Larsen at the White House
VP DC: "But what are we looking for?
What does a bio-weapon look like?
RL: "It looks like this and btw, I just
smuggled this into your office. Security
was looking for the wrong things & still are
SEND SAMPLE FOR "LABORATORY TEST"
EXCHANGE YOUR LIQUID WITH 2 PEOPLE
WHAT'S BEING DONE?
CDC & Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Implemenation of laws
Strengthening the ability of public health
Research & Trials
American health care system still needs more improvement
Ex. Avian Influenza occurs mainly in birds and has not been found to be contagious from person to person contact, but if possible the virus were able to mesh with another highly contagious virus or if it adapts, as viruses often do, would create a catastrophe
Also, waiting lines in medical offices are too long, and in addition to the millions who have no health insurance, millions more live in areas where there are physician shortages and poor access to care in general
Hospitals need to be stablized, have more resources, and be financially well to provide care for a large-scale of people
Whats being done?
In its review, the Congressionally chartered Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism gave the U.S. Government a grade of "F" for failing to enhance the Nation’s capabilities for rapid response that would prevent biological attacks from inflicting mass casualties.
Inability to providing information on bio-terrorism and the diseases
Reaching out to the public
Direct responsibility in taking care of the citizens
Concentrate on Public Health
Awareness of these bio-agents!
Not only health professionals should recognize these diseases but the whole community
Knowledge of the types of disease outbreaks enables for immediate action and treatment
Rather than the public being scared and traumatized post-outbreak
Laboratories should strengthen their system to identify the diseases immediately
Global cooperation in surveillance of new diseases
Increase the amount of research on bio-agents
There is a need to train health professionals to take action in large scale emergencies
A need to target diseases ASAP within the first phase or first few symptoms
False alarm & failing to identify a true attack could be disastrous
Not all vaccines are safe or duration of vaccine is unknown
Development of new vaccines and antibiotics are essential
Producing vaccines that are not disease-specific
Developing safe vaccines
Producing vaccines quickly and readily available
Having vaccines and medications that have immediate effects
Improving health facilities to accompany a lot more people during an outbreak