Best Practices for Bioterrorism

  • • Determine the level of preparedness and the competencies of personnel to resolve problems related to bioterrorism.
  • • Determine the level of competencies of laboratories to recognize the most common probable microorganisms which would be used by bioterrorist and the origin of the infection.
  • • Have the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working with other professional groups and associations assist local areas to enhance their ability to rapidly detect, diagnose, and manage outbreaks of disease.
  • • Strengthen local public health response capacities to control and contain outbreaks of disease.
  • • Develop and utilize an information technology infrastructure to rapidly transfer information to all significant sources at the federal, state, and local level to immediately respond to an outbreak of an unusual disease.
  • • Provide appropriate vaccines at the national level which can be immediately delivered to a local area for distribution and usage.
  • • Develop an appropriate response system at the national level to send to local areas within a 12-hour period all necessary medicines and supplies to counteract a bioterrorist event.
  • • Train a large number of people under the direction of an epidemiologist to respond rapidly to gather essential data concerning a bioterrorist event.
  • • Prepare hospitals and clinics to assume the responsibility for using appropriate infection control measures to keep a highly contagious disease from spreading. (See endnote 82.)
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