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NCJ Number: 201425 Find in a Library
Title: General Conclusions and Recommendations (From Bioterrorism in the United States: Threat, Preparedness, and Response, P 205-221, 2000, Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute, -- See NCJ-201421)
Corporate Author: Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute (CBACI)
United States of America
Project Director: Michael Moodie
Date Published: November 2000
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute (CBACI)
Washington, DC 20009
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
Contract Number: 200-1999-00132
Sale Source: Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute (CBACI)
1747 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents conclusions and recommendations based on the assessment of the bioterrorism threat to the United States and its relationship to the function and organization of preparedness and response efforts.
Abstract: Recommendations are related to each of the following functions of the public health and medical response to bioterrorism: surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capability, medical management, training and education, and information and communication. Among the recommendations for surveillance is the development of a national health surveillance system to provide early warning of bioterrorism incidents. Such a national system would integrate Federal, State, and local public health departments, health care providers, and nontraditional surveillance partners such as local pharmacies, emergency medical services, and the veterinary community. Recommendations regarding epidemiology include the hiring of additional epidemiological staff for State departments of health and the suggestion that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasize a wider range of bioterrorism agents than those that currently receive most of the attention. Recommendations for laboratory requirements include the encouraging of physicians to take cultures and request laboratory analyses on a more routine basis to ensure that something unusual is not occurring among patients. Recommendations for medical management include localities' development of prophylaxis and treatment plans that are phased or divided into escalatory segments. Recommendations for training and education are based on the recognition that properly trained medical, public health, and emergency personnel are essential to a comprehensive detection, assessment, and response framework. Recommendations for information and communication focus on the need for improved information infrastructure and Federal efforts to provide State and local partners with both the necessary financial resources and the consultative expertise to build a national public health information network. In addition to the functions of the public health and medical response to bioterrorism, the recommendations also address Federal, State, and local preparedness and response, the public-private partnership, and the structure and planning of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Biological weapons; Counter-terrorism tactics; Interagency cooperation; Intergovernmental relations; Medical and dental services; Private sector civic involvement; Private sector-government cooperation; Terrorist tactics; Terrorist weapons; Victim medical assistance
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