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Anthrax Attack!

A Case on Bioterrorism


Author(s)

Kari A. Mergenhagen
Infectious Disease
James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center
kari.mergenhagen@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 Areas

N/A

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Dilemma/Decision, Discussion, Role-Play, Student Presentations

Language

English

Subject Headings

Biology (General)  |   Science (General)  |   Public Health  |  


Date Posted

01/27/03

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