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NCJ Number: 193935 Find in a Library
Title: Biochemical Terrorism: Are You Ready?
Journal: CorrectCare  Volume:16  Issue:1  Dated:Winter 2002  Pages:1-18
Author(s): Harvey Hoffman
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 2
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: News/Media
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents guidelines in diagnosing potential biochemical agents, both biological and chemical, for those professionals involved in correctional healthcare.
Abstract: In this article, the author presented and described 12 biochemical agents to healthcare professionals attending the 2001 National Conference on Correctional Health Care, November 2002, in Las Vegas, CA, to increase their awareness in the diagnoses of potential terrorist threats from both biological and chemical agents. Of the 12 biochemical agents presented, 6 were biological agents: (1) Anthrax; (2) Tularemia; (3) Botulism; (4) VHF; (5) the Plague; and (6) Smallpox. The remaining biochemical agents described were chemical and included: (1) Cyanide; (2) Mustard Gas; (3) VX Gas; (4) Theon Gas; (5) Mycotoxins; and (6) Sarin Gas. It was stressed that an observation of any unusual clinical presentation should prompt an immediate call to their local health department office of epidemiology.
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Biological weapons; Counter-terrorism tactics; Critical Infrastructure Protection; Domestic terrorism; Healthcare; Inmate health care; Medical Readiness; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Terrorist weapons
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