Recognition and Management of Bioterrorist Agents: An Overview
Length: 30 minutes
This presentation by Dr. David Weber, MD a faculty member in the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Epidemiology in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at UNC-CH, discusses biological agents that could be used by terrorists, the potential for their use and the epidemiology and recognition of these agents.
These learning modules are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness. These modules are created by faculty and guest lecturers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
- Understand the risks posed by bioterrorism in the USA
- Be aware of potential bioterrorist agents
- Understand the epidemiology and recognition of bioterrorist agents
Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed
This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions as noted below. (Please note: The following training does not provide comprehensive or in-depth treatment of specified competencies or capability functions, it provides basic knowledge of the competencies or capability functions listed below.)
|Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 1|
|Recognize the existence of a public health problem (I.A.1)|
|Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals|
|2) Describes the characteristics of a population-based health problem (e.g. equity, social determinants, environment) (1: Analytic/Assessment Skills)|
|2) Distinguishes prominent events in the history of the public health profession (6: Basic Public Health Sciences Skills)|
|Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies|
|3.2. Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.|
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
General Accounting Office (GAO)
Torok TJ, et al. JAMA 1997;278:389-395
Kolavic S, et al. JAMA 1997;278:396-398
Kadlec, JAMA 1997;278:351-356
Christopher, JAMA 1997;278:412
Siegrist, Emerging Infectious Diseases 1999
US Army, Biologic Casualties Handbook, 2001
Author and Narrator:
Aishwarya Palwai, MD and Christopher Woods , MD, MPH
The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose.
Continuing Education Credit:
The UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness offers the following continuing education credit/s on this training. Eligibility for all continuing education credit is determined on an annual basis.
- Registered Environmental Health Specialist Continuing Education Hours
Approved for continuing education through the North Carolina State Board of Environmental Health Specialists Examiners.
Reviewer: The North Carolina State Board of Environmental Health Specialist Examiners Contact Hours: 0.75 based on instructional time spent on training and evaluation activities.
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