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How to identify Type C bioterrorism

2018-03-16 08:00:00

According to the CDC report, Class C bioterrorism drugs are a "third priority, [including] emerging pathogens due to their availability, ease of production and distribution, and potential high morbidity and mortality and major health effects." "Category C agents do not have the name recognition of well-known bioterrorism agents like anthrax, but can still be deadly to bad actors, so it is important to know about these agents."


The official list of agents that identify Class C priority pathogens and Symptoms Class C agents is often in a state of flux - because these agents are defined in part by the potential for future weaponization, the list can change when new information about these agents is discovered. That being said, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) provides a comprehensive list of current priority Category C agents. See below


Protect yourself from bioterrorism Beware of common decentralized methods of bioterrorism agents. One of the biggest challenges facing bioterrorists is finding a way to treat their biological agents in a way that preserves the lethality of the agents themselves. Many dangerous microbes are difficult to grow and culture, while others are fragile and die when exposed to air or light. Learn about the most common delivery methods for bioterrorism agents (listed below [5]) so that you will be better able to protect yourself in the event of an attack. Food and water contamination: Certain bioterrorism agents may persist in food and water, especially if they are not heated. Cooking food thoroughly and boiling water can help kill these pathogens. Animal transmission: Some animals, especially pests such as mosquitoes and ticks, can become carriers of deadly diseases. Maintaining pest control agents (pesticides, etc.) is a wise choice to prevent this dispersal method. Person-to-person transmission: Diseases like smallpox are extremely contagious only through person-to-person contact. In these cases, physically distancing yourself from the infected person (for example through quarantine) is the best move. Aerosol transmission: Perhaps the most dangerous mode of transmission, a small number of bioterrorism agents (such as anthrax) can be transformed into a fine mist and spread through the air, where they can drift for miles and cause infection when inhaled. In this case, closing doors and Windows and using a suitable gas mask can help prevent infection


Stay informed of emerging pathogen threats. Class C contains many emerging pathogens - that is, infectious diseases that have recently increased in incidence in humans or are otherwise poised to increase. [6] Keeping abreast of the global status of these diseases allows you to be aware of possible bioterrorism drugs before use. Fortunately, the CDC National Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases Website (NCEZID) provides up-to-date information on the status of emerging diseases worldwide. [7] CDC also provides a report called the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which is an excellent source for monitoring emerging disease outbreaks. [8]


Working on biological weapons. Understanding the history of biological weapons development is useful for understanding current threats. Even if these accumulations have been destroyed, agents of past mass production or design are more likely to emerge. The spread of biological agents is a complex and complex process, so the dangers and limitations of Class C agents may become more apparent by studying historical records of their use. Great reading includes; "The Anthrax Letters" by Dr. Leonard A. Cole, "Bioterrorism and Infectious Disease Vectors: New Challenges for the 21st Century" by Brad Spellberg, "Plague: The Global Threat of Deadly Bacteria and Our Fading Arsenal Against Them "by Ken Alibek, and" Biohazards "by Ken Alibek.


Report suspicious activity to the authorities. If you believe you may have information about a biological attack, even if it is far-fetched, it is better to be safe than sorry. Suspicious activities should be reported to the authorities immediately, especially around hospitals, medical waste facilities and similar sites. Strange or suspicious letters and packages should be handed over to the police without being opened. Be alert to other threats - if you are able to report a bioterrorism attack quickly, you may save many lives.


Stock up on supplies. In the event of a biological attack, it may not be possible to leave the house for a period of time. Therefore, it is very important for the family to have what they need to survive without outside help. There are many contingency plans for you to refer to, as the necessary supplies and procedures are usually the same regardless of the emergency. Here are a few things you might want: sealed, non-perishable food Sealed purified water A secure isolation area (for example, a specific part of your home) HEPA air filter (for aerosol attacks) Flashlight and battery radio Cosmetics soap access to the toilet or toilet over-the-counter medications


Protect yourself in the event of an attack. If you encounter a bioterrorist attack, do everything possible to protect yourself and your loved ones from possible exposure. The key here is prevention - being prepared to attack beforehand is the best way to survive. There are plans to quickly gather your loved ones in an isolated area (such as your house) where you can use items such as gas masks, gas suits, radios or televisions (so that you can know when a threat is getting through). Practice your isolation plan as you would a fire prevention exercise. Everyone in your family should know where to go and what to do if a biological attack occurs. If something real happens, every second could count.