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Bio Terrorism

What is bioterrorism?

Bioterrorism is a terrorist activity that involves the intentional release of a microbiological agent, either a bacteria or a virus, into the environment.  Recent natural disasters, acts of bioterrorism, emerging diseases and the current novel H1N1 influenza pandemic makes it clearer than ever that we should all be prepared for any type of emergency.

While it is difficult to anticipate the unexpected, taking preparedness actions helps people deal more effectively with disasters when they do occur.

Bioterrorism Agent Categories

Bioterrorism agents can be separated into three categories, depending on how easily they can be spread and the severity of illness or death they cause.  Category A agents are considered the highest risk and Category C agents are those that are considered emerging threats for disease.

To learn more about the Bioterrorism Agents, Categories and What You Can Do to Prepare for Bioterrorism click here to visit the CDC Bioterrorism pages.

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health has developed plans and procedures to prepare and respond to all threats to our public health.

Atlantic County’s Response

The Atlantic County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Task Force was established in 2001 by County Executive Dennis Levinson and charged with developing a comprehensive plan to ensure the rapid detection and coordinated response to incidents of bioterrorism and other disease outbreaks or public health threats.  It consists of representatives of major medical, public health, law enforcement and emergency rescue agencies that have primary responsibility for responding to a critical public health emergency. Since its inception, the task force has stood at the forefront of preparing the county for all types of emergencies by identifying gaps in the local emergency response system and working to ensure those gaps are closed.

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Task Force consists of representatives of major medical, public health, law enforcement and emergency rescue agencies that have primary responsibility for responding to a critical public health emergency. The task force's responsibilities include developing a comprehensive and realistic response plan that is carefully thought out and tested. The task force will identify gaps in the local emergency response system and work to ensure those gaps are closed.

 


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