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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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 The nature and classification of biological agents that could be used in a terrorist incident is examined in light of historical references and some of the likely bioweapons is discussed.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 Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||biohazards; biological weapons; disaster preparedness; prevention; response|
|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%|
|Deposited On:||25 Mar 2010 14:43|
|Last Modified:||12 Feb 2011 03:05|
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