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Biological Threat

Biological Threat Biological agents are bacteria, virus, or toxins that can kill or incapacitate people, livestock, and crops
  • Aerosols - biological agents are dispersed into the air forming a fine mist that may drift for miles.  Inhaling the agent may cause disease in humans and animals. Food and water contamination  some pathogenic organisms and toxins may persist in food and water supplies. Most microbes are killed, and toxins deactivated, by cooking food and boiling water for three minutes. Person-to-person a few infectious agents, such as smallpox, plague, and the Lassa viruses, can spread through human contact.
  • Precautions for Known or Suspected Exposure, move away from the agent quickly, remove and bag contaminated clothes and items, wash with soap and water.  Contact public health authorities Monitor local broadcast media for emergency information and instructions.
  • Seek medical attention if symptoms appear public health instructions may include avoiding others or quarantine

Additional information on Biological Threats is available on the following websites:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security at http://www.dhs.gov/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/