Method of detecting Anthrax
Whether its natural or man made
The key to meeting the challenge is to approach it in a systematic, comprehensive
way. We must fully examine the biological threats we face, address the capabilities we
must continue to build in order to mitigate them, and consider the complex legal and
ethical issues that will arise during a biological calamity if ever we have one.
They seek to cure, vaccinate, and alleviate suffering. Yet that is only one part of what must be done during such a crisis.
If there is one lesson that the 7 years since 9/11 should have taught, it is that
advance planning is the only way to respond to a major threat to safety and ...view middle of the document...
If we had credible information about a pandemic brewing elsewhere
in the world, we could redirect flights and aircraft from the affected region and
screen their passengers more intensively. So screening can be of value, but not without the intelligence that lets us focus on those individuals who might pose a genuine risk.
Detection depends on intelligence, speed of intelligence is crucial
3 types of information
Clinical data: That means relying on the public health community to gather information about people with symptoms that could suggest the presence of something like anthrax or a plague.
This information concerns pathogens in the air itself. BioWatch program
with pathogen detectors around the country to help us locate and warn of the presence
of airborne pathogens.
And the final type of information we use to facilitate detection is nonmedical
intelligence about enemy threats
To integrate these three types of information—clinical, detection, and nonmedical
intelligence information— we have a program under way to create a national
biosurveillance integration center, which is now up and running and will be fully operational later this year.
Method of prevention and protection
We must get people to understand how to evaluate messages in
the aftermath of a disaster, what personal preparedness plans they must have in place in
terms of medicines and other items that they and their loved ones need, and where to go
on the Internet to obtain further information that they and their families may need.
Analyzes and evaluates response and recovery with respect to an anthrax threat