Typically dirty bombs are radiological dispersion devises (RDDs), as opposed to a nuclear bomb, but RDDs may also be associated with bioterrorism or non-radioactive chemical warfare. Are you prepared?
The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP; "SID-wrap") is a global leader in addressing public health preparedness and emerging infectious disease response. Founded in 2001, CIDRAP is part of the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota.
The Virtual Museum of Bacteria
There are a number of diseases that can be used as a weapon. There are two scenarios that are currently seriously dreaded. One is the spread of an infectious disease through the air, the other is the contamination of drinking water. It is not at all easy to choose a biological weapon or to produce one. People have lived with diseases for ages, and have learned to cope with many.
Biological and Chemical Agents
The Health Emergency Preparedness website provides accurate and timely information about the prevention and control of biological threats to the residents of the District of Columbia.
Welcome to the companion Web site to "Bioterror," originally broadcast on November 13, 2001. The film follows three New York Times reporters as they delve into the murky past of bioweapons research and grapple with the current threat of anthrax and other attacks.
Bioterrorism — Preparing to Fight the Next War
Government concern about bioterrorism has also led to new federal restrictions on the handling of infectious agents; such rules have hampered both the ability of U.S. researchers to participate in international collaborations and efforts to train foreign scientists in this
Bioterrorism Bibliographies and Resources
The following compilation of print and web bioterrorism resources has been derived from the discussion on MEDLIB-L in response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Source - Medical Library Association.
This section contains practice guidelines and fact sheets for bioterrorism events, including rapid response cards and predicting casualty severity
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.
Global Alert and Response
An integrated global alert and response system for epidemics and other public health emergencies based on strong national public health systems and capacity and an effective international system for coordinated response.
Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) events refer to the uncontrolled release of chemicals, biological agents or radioactive contamination into the environment or explosions that cause widespread damage. CBRNE events can be caused by accidents or by terrorist acts.
Recognizing the critical need to dispense life-saving medical countermeasures to those potentially exposed to biological agents, we have developed a concept of operations for a rapid federal response to support state and local jurisdiction plans.
Institute for Biosecurity
The Institute for Biosecurity at the Saint Louis School of Public Health was founded in 2001 and we have pioneered the use of distance learning technologies to train professionals in the growing fields of biosecurity and disaster preparedness. The Institute is one of the few biosecurity and disaster preparedness training programs that is part of an accredited school of Public Health in the US.
Bioterrorism Courses & Subscriptions.
Bioterrorism News and Articles.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The use of micro-organisms to cause disease is a growing concern for public health officials and agricultural bodies. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and the subsequent bio-terrorist releases of anthrax have led to an increased awareness of workplaces as possible terrorist targets.
The threat of biological weapons poses unique challenges for government officials charged with devising immediate and longer-term response plans. RAND has developed exercises to train and evaluate the preparedness of state and local public health agencies to respond to bioterrorism. RAND researchers have also examined the longer-term psychological consequences of bioterrorism and created guidelines to improve individual preparedness for chemical, radiological, nuclear, and biological attacks.
UPMC Center for Health Security
Infectious disease outbreaks, whether naturally occurring or intentionally designed, represent threats to human health and national security. Our work identifies priorities and strategies to prepare for, respond to, manage, and recover from destabilizing epidemics.