Terrorism: biological weapons and disaster preparedness

Leggat, Peter A. (2003) Terrorism: biological weapons and disaster preparedness. World Safety Journal, 12 (2). pp. 22-25.

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Abstract

This paper examines the present threat to public health posed by biological terrorism and the need for preparedness and co-operation of the various responding health and safety services. The nature and classification of biological agents that could be used in a terrorist incident is examined in light of historical references and some of the likely bioweapons is discussed. Preparedness to meet the challenge of a biological weapons release has focused on the public health response and interagency co-operation. The risk of use of biological weapons is thought to be low, however strategies must be in place to deal with such emergencies, as part of a broader disaster management plan, no matter how remote the possibility.

Item ID: 7272
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: biohazards; biological weapons; disaster preparedness; prevention; response
ISSN: 1015-5589
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 04:43
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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