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A bioterrorism attack is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. These agents are typically found in nature, but it is possible that they could be changed to increase their ability to cause disease, make them resistant to current medicines, or to increase their ability to be spread into the environment. Biological agents can be spread through the air, through water, or in food. Terrorists may use biological agents because they can be extremely difficult to detect and do not cause illness for several hours to several days. Some bioterrorism agents, like the smallpox virus, can be spread from person to person and some, like anthrax, can not. For information on which bioterrorism agents can be spread from person to person, please see the alphabetical list of bioterrorism agents.


Source: CDC

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Regulations & Guidelines                     


(1) Bioterrorism Agent Categories

(1) Biological Threats


(1) Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases

 MedlinePlus  (1) Biodefense and Bioterrorism
 ADA  (1) Bioterrorism
 Homeland Security  (1) National Terrorism Advisory System

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Best Practices                  
Key Learnings as of March 2015

The potential for terrorism and weapons-of-mass-destruction events occurring within the United States necessitates that all licensed healthcare providers understand the National Incident Management System and be able to contribute to the response.

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(1) WHO - Frequently asked questions regarding the deliberate use of biological agents and chemicals as weapons

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Instructional Resources                  

(1) Coping with Traumatic Events

 Image Library (1) Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Image Library
 Fact Sheets

(1) Respirator Fact Sheet

(2) CDC - General Fact Sheets on Specific Bioterrorism Agents

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Patient Resources               
Medline Plus

(1) Biodefense and Bioterrorism

(2) Biodefense and Bioterrorism - Multiple Languages

 NIH (1) Coping with Traumatic Events (1) In the Event of Bioterrorism: Protecting Families from Deadly Diseases (1) Are You Ready? Guide An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness 

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