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Community Preparedness for Terrorism: Biological Weapons, Lesson Two (for Healthcare)- Anthrax and Smallpox




Length of Program:            90 minutes (75 presentation/15 Q&A)


Course Description:

The US has suffered due to the recent use of anthrax as a bioweapon by terrorists.  Currently, the US government is spending billions of dollars developing a system to respond to the bioweapons threat.  In this lecture, the second of two lectures on this topic, Dr. Siegelson will discuss the use of anthrax and smallpox as bioweapons.  He will review the findings of the 2001 anthrax attacks.  In addition, he will review the use of smallpox as a weapon, its clinical effects, and the controversies surrounding the potential use of smallpox vaccine.


Target Audience: 

Emergency physicians and nurses, pulmonologists, internists, hospitalists, and critical care physicians, ICU nurses, hospital administrators, infection control practitioners, public health physicians and nurses (federal, state, local), members of hospital disaster committees, emergency managers (federal, state, local), hospital security, and homeland security.


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:


a)   Understand the clinical effects of anthrax and smallpox.

b)    Understand how to recognize and diagnose anthrax and smallpox

c)    Understand the controversies surrounding the use of vaccines for anthrax and smallpox.


Understand why the US is spending billions of dollars preparing for a potential bioweapons attack.

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