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Preparing for and Responding to Bioterrorism: Information for Primary Care Clinicians

This guide provides a basic understanding of bioterrorism preparedness and response and how the clinician fits into the overall process.

Quick Facts

Topics: Tools and Resources, Bioterrorism, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease & Immunizations

Format: Toolkits and Guides

Time: 1 day

Cost: Free

Description

This guide provides primary care clinicians with a basic understanding of bioterrorism preparedness and response, how the clinician fits into the overall process, and the clinical presentation and management of diseases produced by agents most likely to be used in a biological attack. It emphasizes the application of skills and knowledge to the clinician's role in preparedness and response. Modules include information about the smallpox vaccine and preventative measures for other biological agents.

Learning Objectives

  • Define bioterrorism
  • List epidemiologic clues that suggest a deliberate, as opposed to spontaneous, source of disease
  • Describe the reporting requirements if an intentional disease source or other reportable condition is suspected
  • Describe the general characteristics of, and appropriate infection control measures for, potential agents of biological terrorism: anthrax, smallpox, plague, botulism, tularemia, and viral hemorrhagic fevers

Intended Audience

Primary care clinicians interested in firsthand identification of diseases resulting from bioterrorist acts; those interested in training others on the identification and treatment of victims of a biological attack

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Quick Facts

Topics: Tools and Resources, Bioterrorism, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease & Immunizations

Format: Toolkits and Guides

Time: 1 day

Cost: Free

Format

A series of PowerPoint slide sets and accompanying instructor's manuals. This curriculum is divided into four major sections: Introduction to Bioterrorism, Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response, Diseases of Bioterrorist Potential, and Psychological Aftermath of Crisis. The seven slide sets and accompanying instructor's manuals (four slide sets comprise the Diseases of Bioterrorist Potential section) are designed for the in-person training and education of primary care clinicians. Completion of all modules should take about seven hours.

Curriculum Development Team

The following people and organizations provided information and support in the development of this curriculum.

Project Coordinator
Patrick O'Carroll, MD, MPH
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Atlanta, GA

Lead Developer
Jennifer Brennan Braden, MD, MPH
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Scientific Content Development
Jennifer Brennan Braden, MD, MPH
NWCPHP
Jeffrey S. Duchin, MD
Communicable Disease Control, Epidemiology and Immunization Section, Public Health - Seattle & King County Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Design and Editing
Judith Yarrow
Health Policy Analysis Program, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Additional technical support provided by Jane Koehler, DVM, MPH, Communicable Disease Control, Epidemiology and Immunization Section, Public Health - Seattle & King County and Ed Walker, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Last updated: 2003

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