From letter to Editor of British Medical Journal in response to editorial essay on Bioterrorism...
"In short, the proponents of antibioterrorism
programmes have it backwards. Instead of pumping more resources
into ill advised and risky antibioterrorism programmes, we should
build national and international public health systems that can
adequately reduce, detect, and respond to natural disease outbreaks
and industrial chemical spills. Then, in the unlikely event of a
bioterrorist attack, these systems will be available to manage the
Hillel Cohen, Victor Sidel, and Roberta Gould in BMJ2000;320:1211
In the Food and Waterborne Disease Program, we are
attempting to do just that, ensure our public health system can
respond to natural outbreaks and then in turn, our system will be
available to manage the challenge of a bioterrorist event. The best
thing public health personnel can do in preparation for a food or
water intentional contamination is to be prepared for a natural
food or waterborne outbreak and then to supplement this preparation
with general bioterrorism and communication training and response
Goals of the Preparedness Program
Train CHD personnel in their response to foodborne and waterborne
disease acts of terrorism.
- Offer intentional contamination tabletop exercises to
three RDSTF before Aug 2004
- Develop either web-based or CD-rom based training on foodborne
and waterborne bioterrorism issues.
- Hosted intentional contamination tabletop exercises for
food and water
- Hosted interactive training through the Interactive Bookshelf
- Various training sessions have been held by regional environmental
epidemiologists through the state.
Provide information on foodborne and waterborne acts of terrorism.
- Maintain a preparedness website
- Update the emergency procedures manual
- Develop posters for presentations at conferences and association
Provide county health departments with equipment and supplies
needed during surveillance for or investigation of foodborne or
waterborne disease outbreaks.
- Provide additional equipment identified by county health
- Provided outbreak investigation kits to all 67 county
health departments and satellite offices.
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