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Bioterrorism and public health : an internet resource guide
Bartlett, John G.
1 edition.
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Princeton, NJ : ; Montvale, NJ : Thomson/Physicians' Desk Reference, [2002]

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xi, 305 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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Physicians' desk reference.
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Features data on hundreds of reliable websites - all evaluated, reviewed, and rated by leading experts such as John Bartlett at John Hopkins, as well as scores of researchers from the Mayo Clinic and other prestigious medical centers. Topics include: Over 50 sites on bioterrorism news and conferences.Over 30 sites on chemical, agricultural, biological, and waterborne biowarfare.Over 10 online libraries and topical search tools.

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Library Journal Review

Two new books from the publisher of the Physicians Desk ReferenceR offer health information on biological and chemical agents that pose a threat to public safety. Bioterrorism and Public Health focuses on describing more than 500 web sites sponsored by government and public health agencies as well as educational institutions and research centers such as the Johns Hopkins Center for Biodefense Strategies. Health advisories and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on biologicals ranging from anthrax to smallpox are also included. News sites, policy guidelines, hazmat (hazardous materials) and decontamination information, and general resources all are rated from one to three apples depending on depth of coverage. Most resources are given a one-paragraph description, rating, and URL. The index is excellent for locating any of the huge number of sites listed by name but doesn't cross reference. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Although biological and chemical weapons have been around for some time, the public until recently has not been prepared for their use. This book provides such knowledge via an Internet directory of more than 500 Web sites. Editors Bartlett (infectious disease), O'Toole (School of Hygiene and Public Health), Inglesby (infectious disease), and Mehr (Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies), all from Johns Hopkins University, offer considerable expertise in bioterrorism and public health. An introduction to the Internet is followed by chapters on the science of bioterrorism, frequently asked questions, funding for bioterrorism research, and bioterrorism public health advisories and guidelines. Subsequent chapters include Internet resources on topical areas such as communication and general resource sites, public policy, clinical resources, health and safety guidelines, diseases, hazardous material, detection, decontamination, psychosocial issues, agencies, and public health resources. This guide provides a wealth of reliable, organized, and up-to-date information. Along with a rating scale, the description of each Web site is accompanied by a brief synopsis with background information that helps orient the reader to the Web resource. The book contains a site and topical index and glossaries, and is an accessible guide that is both convenient and practical. Recommended as an authoritative resource for all health care professionals. J. D. Campbell University of Missouri--Columbia

Table of Contents

D.A. Henderson, M.D.
1. Introductionp. 1
2. Getting Onlinep. 3
3. The Science of Bioterrorism: Hhs Preparednessp. 9
Metropolitan Medical Response Systemp. 10
National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)p. 11
National Pharmaceutical Stockpilep. 11
CDC Surveillance and Prevention Effortsp. 13
CDC and ATSDR Remediation Support Activitiesp. 14
Food and Drug Administrationp. 16
National Institutes of Healthp. 17
Conclusionp. 19
4. Frequently Asked Questions: Bioterrorism Concerns After September IIp. 23
5. Funding for Bioterrorism Preparedness and Responsep. 27
6. Bioterrorism Public Health Advisories and Guidelinesp. 31
6.1 FAQs about Anthraxp. 31
Definitionp. 31
Historyp. 32
Signs and Symptomsp. 32
Exposurep. 34
Testingp. 37
Diagnosisp. 39
Preventive Therapyp. 41
Treatmentp. 42
Vaccinep. 46
Reportingp. 47
Responsep. 48
Laboratory Safetyp. 51
Worker Safetyp. 51
Sourcesp. 56
6.2 Biological and Chemical Terrorism: Strategic Plan for Preparedness and Responsep. 58
Recommendations of the CDC Strategic Planning Workgroupp. 59
Introductionp. 59
U.S. Vulnerability to Biological and Chemical Terrorismp. 61
Overt Versus Covert Terrorist Attacksp. 61
Focusing Preparedness Activitiesp. 62
Key Focus Areasp. 63
Partnerships and Implementationp. 66
Recommendationsp. 66
Conclusionp. 67
6.3 Children and Anthrax: A Fact Sheet for Cliniciansp. 79
Vaccinationp. 80
Prophylaxisp. 80
Drug Recommendations for Pediatric Anthrax Casesp. 81
6.4 Considerations for Distinguishing Influenza-Like Illness from Inhalational Anthraxp. 84
Epidemiologic Considerationsp. 84
Clinical Considerationsp. 85
Testingp. 85
6.5 Epidemiology of Bioterrorismp. 89
Differential Diagnosisp. 89
Epidemiologic Approachp. 90
Epidemic Curvep. 90
Epidemiologic Cluesp. 91
Recommendations for Preparednessp. 92
6.6 Health Advisory: How to Recognize and Handle a Suspicious Package or Envelopep. 94
Identifying Suspicious Packages and Envelopesp. 94
6.7 Health Advisory: Recommendations for Protecting Workers from Exposure to Bacillus anthracis in Work Sites Where Mail Is Handled or Processedp. 97
6.8 Health Advisory: Use of Ciprofloxacin or Doxycycline for Postexposure Prophylaxis for Prevention of Inhalation Anthraxp. 102
6.9 Interim Guidelines for Investigation of and Response to Bacillus anthracis Exposuresp. 103
Environmental Samplingp. 103
Closing Facilitiesp. 104
Environmental Samplingp. 105
Nasal Swab Culturesp. 105
Antimicrobial Prophylaxisp. 106
Closing a Facilityp. 107
6.10 Protecting Investigators Performing Environmental Sampling for Bacillus anthracis: Personal Protective Equipmentp. 108
6.11 Recognition of Illness Associated with the Intentional Release of a Biologic Agentp. 111
Healthcare Providersp. 111
Clinical Laboratory Personnelp. 113
Infection-Control Professionalsp. 114
State Health Departmentsp. 114
6.12 Updated Recommendations for Antimicrobial Prophylaxis among Asymptomatic Pregnant Women after Exposure to Bacillus anthracisp. 117
6.13 Use of Onsite Technologies for Rapidly Assessing Environmental Bacillus anthracis Contamination on Surfaces in Buildingsp. 119
6.14 Vaccinia (Smallpox) Vaccine Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2001p. 121
Routine Nonemergency Vaccine Usep. 121
Routine Nonemergency Revaccinationp. 122
Side Effects and Adverse Reactionsp. 122
Treatment for Vaccinia Vaccine Complicationsp. 122
Other Treatment Options for Vaccinia Vaccine Complicationsp. 123
Consultation Regarding Complications of Vaccinia Vaccinep. 123
Major Reactionp. 125
Equivocal Reactionp. 126
Surveillancep. 127
Prerelease Vaccinationp. 128
Postrelease Vaccinationp. 128
Infection Control Measuresp. 130
Vaccinia Immunoglobulin for Prophylaxis and Treatment of Adverse Reactions during a Smallpox Emergencyp. 132
7. News, Communications, and Internet Researchp. 135
7.1 News Sources and Bulletinsp. 135
7.2 Conferences and Symposiap. 142
7.3 Literature Searches and Online Librariesp. 145
7.4 Topical Search Toolsp. 145
8. General Resource Sitesp. 147
8.1 Bioterrorismp. 147
8.2 Chemical Warfarep. 152
8.3 Weapons of Mass Destructionp. 153
8.4 Agricultural Biowarfarep. 154
8.5 Waterborne Biowarfarep. 157
9. Public Policy, Preparedness, and Responsep. 159
9.1 Public Policy Guidelines, Conventions, and Analysisp. 159
9.2 Public Preparedness and Responsep. 161
9.3 Legislation and Legal Issuesp. 173
10. Clinical Resources on Bioterrorismp. 177
10.1 Guidelines and Consensus Statementsp. 177
10.2 Diagnosticsp. 181
10.3 Therapeuticsp. 183
10.4 Immunization and Vaccinesp. 185
11. Health and Safety Guidelinesp. 187
12. Diseasesp. 191
12.1 General Resourcesp. 191
12.2 Anthraxp. 191
12.3 Botulismp. 196
12.4 Brucellosisp. 199
12.5 Plaguep. 199
12.6 Q Feverp. 201
12.7 Smallpoxp. 202
12.8 Tularemiap. 205
12.9 Viral Hemorrhagic Feverp. 206
13. Hazardous Materialsp. 209
14. Detectionp. 213
15. Decontaminationp. 215
16. Psychosocial Issuesp. 217
16.1 Guidelines and Resourcesp. 217
16.2 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorderp. 220
17. Agencies, Organizations, and Centersp. 223
17.1 U.S. Government Agencies and Programsp. 223
17.2 U.S. Military Agencies and Programsp. 233
17.3 Associationsp. 242
17.4 Research and Policy Centersp. 252
17.5 International Agenciesp. 259
18. Public Health Resources on the Internetp. 263
18.1 General Resourcesp. 263
18.2 Journalsp. 263
18.3 Hotlines and Alerting Servicesp. 267
18.4 Online Texts and Tutorialsp. 269
18.5 Mailing Lists and Discussion Forumsp. 273
18.6 Education and Training Resourcesp. 274
18.7 Reference Resourcesp. 280
18.8 Regional Resourcesp. 284
19. Glossariesp. 289
20. Web Site and Topical Indexp. 291