The Implementation Support Unit of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC ISU) organized a seminar on “Rapid International Response to Biological Incidents: Lessons for the BWC.” The seminar speakers discussed national, regional, and international rapid response mechanisms and capacities. The seminar also addressed interoperability and standardization and training for rapid response teams. This report summarizes the main seminar discussions.
Global terrorism is a rapidly growing threat to world security, and increases the risk of bioterrorism.
The average law enforcement officer receives a very basic level of training on biological threats.
These Guidelines have been specifically developed to aid Veterinary Services to prepare for the investigation of suspicious biological events in relation to animal health, taking into account the additional challenges related to joint investigations.
The Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit is one of 10 regional centers across the country designed to respond to outbreaks of highly infectious diseases or bioterrorism attacks.
Terrorists experimenting with diseases must do so without vaccines or rigorous safety standards, so the risk of an accident is much higher than in an authorized lab.
Experts determined during a hypothetical bioterrorism scenario, which imagines a smallpox outbreak originating in Fiji, that ample preparedness and response capabilities dictate whether a local outbreak is containable or more likely to become a global pandemic.
Preparedness could be the difference between a contained local outbreak and a global pandemic if there was a smallpox attack in the Pacific today, a bioterrorism exercise held at UNSW Sydney discovered.
The audience for this incident management guidance document is first responders, emergency departments, and public health and health protection professionals.
This guide to clinical management and health protection in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents has been written primarily for front line health care professionals in emergency departments, but may also be useful to health care professionals in other specialties, including primary care and public health, emergency planners, trainers, and emergency service personnel.