There are a number of potential public health threats that come easily to mind when we consider public health preparedness such as natural disasters, man-made disasters, chemical spills and epidemics. One of these is referred to as Bioterrorism.
Bioterrorism is an intentional release of biological agents with the intention to cause harm. They may be bacterial or viral in nature. Such agents are typically found in nature, but can be altered to increase their potential for harm. Depending on the agent used it may be spread through person to person contact, air, or water. These agents are categorized as either Category A Agents, Category B Agents or Category C Agents.
Considered high priority because:
- Easily transmitted from person to person.
- High mortality (death) rates.
- Have the potential to disrupt the function of impacted communities.
- They require specialized preparedness and response.
Considered of mid-level priority because:
- Somewhat easily transmitted
- They can lead to moderate fatailities.
- They require specific abilities to detect and respond.
These agents could be altered for mass spread and are considered third level priority because:
- Easily obtained.
- Easy to produce and spread.
- They have the potential for high death rates and societal impact.
Below are some helpful resources for staying informed, no matter what disaster might occur.
- BCPHD - Facebook
- Texas DSHS - News Releases
- Texas DSHS - Twitter(@TexasDSHS)
- Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) - News
- Texas HHSC - Facebook
- Office of the Governor - Press releases
- Office of the Governor - Twitter
- Office of the Governor - Facebook
- CDC - Email alerts sign up
- CDC - Newsroom
- CDC - Twitter
- CDC Emergency - Twitter
- CDC - Facebook