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An Introduction to Preparing for, Dealing with, and Communicating about Bioterrorism

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Program:            120 minutes


Course Description:

The presentation will cover biological warfare agents that may be used as terrorist agents, including anthrax, plague, smallpox, botulinum toxin, viral hemorrhagic fevers.  Specifically, the history of biological warfare, current biological warfare arsenals in the world today, and their potential role in terrorist acts will be discussed.  The pathophysiology, clinical presentation, methods of detection, and treatment of the major bioweapons (anthrax, plague, and smallpox) will be covered in more detail.  The attendee should: gain a basic understanding of the use and dissemination of biowarfare agents, be able to recognize a victim of a biowarfare attack, provide treatment for these patients as well as limit secondary spread of the illness.


Additionally the second speaker, an expert in risk and public communications, will address how to communicate this information to the public, employees and the news media.  The speaker will address specific tips for appropriate risk communications techniques that adequately inform the public without minimizing their concerns or creating unfounded fear about the real health risks.  The speaker will address using appropriate comparisons to place risks in context.  Additionally, she will cover key components of a crisis communication plan.


Target Audience:

Health-Care providers


At the completion of this program, participants will:

  • Recognize victims of Bioterrorism

  • Be familiar with different Bioterrorist agents.

  • Treat victims of Bioterrorism

  • Be able to communicate appropriately to the patients, employees, the public, and the news media.

  • Have adequate crisis communications plan in place to deal with potential terrorist attacks.


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