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Anthrax

Anthrax is an infectious bacterial disease. Anthrax can infect wild and domestic animals, such as cattle, pigs, and sheep. Anthrax can also infect humans when they are exposed to anthrax-infected animals. Ántrax en espanol http://www.losh.ucla.edu/losh/resources-publications/fact-sheets/anthrax_espanol.pdf Read More

Bioterrorism and Disaster Preparedness

Although established initially to respond to clinicians’ questions regarding smallpox, smallpox vaccine, and adverse events following smallpox vaccination, the CIL has been expanded to provide clinicians with the same services for 8 other emergent diseases and terrorism agents (SARS, West Nile Virus, Influenza, Avian influenza, ricin, radiation, anthrax, and chlorine) Read More

Bioterrorism

Bioterrorism is a form of terrorism where there is the intentional release of biological agents (bacteria, viruses, or other germs). Terrorism is the defined by the United States government as the “…unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.” In addition to biological agents, terrorists can also utilize chemical agents and nuclear bombs. While a biological agent may injure or kill people, animals, or plants, the goal for the terrorist is to further their social and political goals. Many biological agents are found in nature; however, they can be modified by the terrorist to make them more dangerous. Some of these agents can be transmitted from person to person, and the infection may take hours or days to become apparent. Read More

Emergency Preparedness and Response: Bioterrorism

Preparing people for emerging health threats is one of CDC’s overarching goals. CDC contributes to national, state, and local efforts to prepare for and prevent public health disasters before they occur. When a disaster has occurred, CDC is prepared to respond and support national, state, and local partners in responding in order to improve public health outcomes. After response to a disaster has ended, CDC assists national, state, and local partners in the recovery and restoration of public health functions. Read More

Anthrax Fact Sheet

Anthrax is a serious disease caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax occurs naturally in cows and other herd animals. It can be transmitted to humans who come in contact with infected animals or animal products. Anthrax is considered an effective bioterrorism agent because the bacterial spore (dormant form) is highly stable and storable, and because of the disease’s relatively high lethality. Various strains of anthrax exhibit different levels of lethality. Read More

OSHA: Safety and Health Topics: Bioterrorism

This OSHA web page answers some of the more common questions regarding OSHA’s involvement in bioterrorism incidents. Read More

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