Bioterrorism Agents

Bioterrorism Agents

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This course will review the characteristics of bioterrorism agents and their impact on public health. This course will also review case studies of several releases of common bioterrorism agents and provide resources that are available to Public Health agencies. This course has been designed to be self-directed and should not take more than two hours to complete.

CEUs: 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) awarded upon successful completion


By the end of Bioterrorism Agents training, the learner will be able to:

 Module 1: Characteristics of Bioterrorism Agents

    • Define bioterrorism
    • Understand bioterrorism trends
    • List the major biological warfare agents
    • Describe the CDC bioterrorism categories
    • Recognize a biological warfare attack

 Module 2: Top Bioterrorism Agents

    • Describe the history and how each has been used as a bioweapon of the following bioterrorism agents
      • Anthrax
      • Variola (smallpox)
      • The Plague
      • Tularemia
      • Botulism
      • Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses
    • Understand the effect/mode of toxicity of each bioterrorism agent
    • Review the symptoms of each bioterrorism agent
    • Describe the treatment options of each bioterrorism agent

Module 3: Management & Resources

    • List the ten steps to manage bioterrorism agents
    • Describe the interim notification procedure
    • Define the resources available to you in the event of bioterrorism



 Capability 13: Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation

Function 1: Conduct public health surveillance and detection

Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations

Function 3: Recommend, monitor, and analyze mitigation actions

Function 4: Improve public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation systems

Capability 14: Responder Safety and Health

Function 1: Identify responder safety and health risks

Function 2: Identify safety and personal protective needs

Function 4: Monitor responder safety and health actions



 Plan for and Improve Practice

3.1 Plan for and Improve Practice: Contribute expertise to a community hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA)

3.2 Plan for and Improve Practice: Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans

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