LINKS: Emergency Bioterrorism Kit

Science  14 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5575, pp. 1935b
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5575.1935b

This new cache of bioterrorism resources from the National Academy of Sciences won't help catch last fall's anthrax killer, but it might help prevent illnesses and deaths from future attacks. The site is loaded with annotated links, from treatments to training courses, aimed at “first responders”—paramedics, emergency room doctors, police, and others who would probably be the first to deal with victims of a biological attack.

Although the collection focuses on practical advice, researchers and policy-makers can also find information about potential bioweapons as well as evaluations of our preparedness for attack. Examples include University of Minnesota backgrounders on microbes that could be “weaponized,” such as the botulism bacterium and smallpox virus, and an account of an exercise 2 years ago that simulated an assault on Denver with bubonic plague, leaving a virtual death toll of more than 100.

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