An Introduction to Preparing for, Dealing with, and Communicating about Bioterrorism
Program: 120 minutes
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.
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.
the completion of this program, participants will:
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