There are a number of potential public health threats that come easily to mind when we consider public health preparedness such as natural disasters, man-made disasters, chemical spills and epidemics. One of these is referred to as Bioterrorism.
Bioterrorism is an intentional release of biological agents with the intention to cause harm. They may be bacterial or viral in nature. Such agents are typically found in nature, but can be altered to increase their potential for harm. Depending on the agent used it may be spread through person to person contact, air, or water. These agents are categorized as either Category A Agents, Category B Agents or Category C Agents.
Considered high priority because:
- Easily transmitted from person to person.
- High mortality (death) rates.
- Have the potential to disrupt the function of impacted communities.
- They require specialized preparedness and response.
Considered of mid-level priority because:
- Somewhat easily transmitted
- They can lead to moderate fatailities.
- They require specific abilities to detect and respond.
These agents could be altered for mass spread and are considered third level priority because:
- Easily obtained.
- Easy to produce and spread.
- They have the potential for high death rates and societal impact.
Baylor College of Medicine: Bioterrorism Agents
CDC: Bioterrorism Overview
Below are some helpful resources for staying informed, no matter what disaster might occur.
BCPHD - Facebook
Texas DSHS - News Releases
Texas DSHS - Twitter(@TexasDSHS)
Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) - News
Texas HHSC - Facebook
Office of the Governor - Press releases
Office of the Governor - Twitter
Office of the Governor - Facebook
CDC - Email alerts sign up
CDC - Newsroom
CDC - Twitter
CDC Emergency - Twitter
CDC - Facebook
These links serve to provide current news, information and best practices from state and federal partners concerning EVD and response.