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Anthrax Attack!

A Case on Bioterrorism



Author:

Kari A. Mergenhagen
Infectious Disease
James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center
kari.mergenhagen2@va.gov

Abstract:

This case study presents a fictitious bio-terrorist plan to release anthrax in the United States. Students are assigned character roles and, through research, role-playing, and teamwork, develop a plan to minimize or avert the attack. The case is appropriate for courses designed for health professionals, general biology courses, and social science courses.

Objectives:
  • Explain the pathogenesis and mode of anthrax transmission in humans and animals.
  • Understand the difference between naturally occurring anthrax and weapon grade anthrax.
  • Recognize the importance of a team approach in combating acts of terrorism.
  • Distinguish the roles and responsibilities of various personnel involved in averting or minimizing the effects of biological warfare.
  • Identify the complexities of treatment, cleanup, and methods to minimize the adverse affects of a biological attack.
  • Consider the devastation, physical destruction, and economic impact of a bioterrorist attack.
Keywords: Biological warfare; bioterrorism; terrorist attack; biological weapons; Bacillus anthraci; anthrax
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Dilemma/Decision, Discussion, Role-Play, Student Presentations
Language: English
Subject Headings: Biology (General)   Science (General)   Public Health  
Date Posted: 01/27/03
Date Modified: N/A
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