Terrorism. Never before in
our history has the need for preparedness been so great. Terrorism
could be an attack using weapons of mass destruction, chemicals,
as well as weapons of viruses, bacteria, and other germs. The
effects of an attack using chemicals or radiation would be immediate.
But many critical hours or even days could silently go by before
we might know about the devastating effects of an attack using
a dangerous, disease-causing germ. The following modules are intended
to help you recognize a terrorist event as it relates to the health
of our community. Being more prepared to quickly recognize an
intentional biological, chemical, or
radiological incident is critical to ensuring a prompt public
health response to control the situation and prevent additional
illnesses or deaths. This response could mean the difference between
one illness and many.