A Bioterrorism Response
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The paper describes the symptoms that attendees at a convention suffered from and suggests that Bacillus anthracis was the particular biological agent of choice in this scenario. The paper outlines several ways to test that a biological attack had indeed occurred and asserts that the first response must be to quarantine the convention center and have a team comb through all possible areas and systems by which the agent could have been introduced. The paper then discusses the treatment of the victims and the need for autopsies. The paper contends that the combined efforts of prophylaxis, quarantine, and an immediate clinical response should minimize deaths and infections to a considerable degree.
From the Paper:"The first response must be to quarantine the convention center and have a team comb through all possible areas and systems by which the agent could have been introduced. Halting further spread of the infection and determining the precise agent is of paramount importance in forestalling a possible epidemic (Gerberding et al 2002). All patients already in area hospitals should be isolated as much as possible, and medical staff and other patients closely monitored for symptoms of the infection. This will prevent further spread of the disease while efforts are coordinated to determine the details of the attack and (hopefully) identify and apprehend the perpetrators."
Sample of Sources Used:
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