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Bioterrorism Center

June 10, 2008 - 7:30am
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Bioterrorism Center

  General Overview

Bioterrorism—also known as biological warfare—is the use of biological agents, such as disease-causing organisms, for terrorist purposes. Although bioterrorism carries with it a very real and dangerous threat, misinformation and lack of information can lead to a heightened state of hysteria and unnecessary anxiety. Learning more about bioterrorism can help you sort the facts from the fiction.

  Living in an Age of Bioterrorism

Using emergency techniques to prepare for terrorism

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides information on what you can do before, during, and after an emergency to help save your life and the lives of others.


Cipro: should you get a prescription?

Cipro is an antibiotic approved for treating anthrax. Does this mean you should have some stockpiled in your medicine cabinet? Experts are saying "No." Find out why.

Doxycycline: an alternate antibiotic

The Food and Drug Administration is working to find additional antibiotics for anthrax exposure. Doxycycline has recently been approved for this use.

  Special Topics

Helping kids deal with the trauma of terrorism and war

For our children, traumatic events, like the tragedies of September 11, can be overwhelming and confusing. The National Institute of Mental Health offers the following advice on helping your children to cope during difficult times.

Big stresses for small people

Learn where stress comes from and the signs of stress in your child.

  Related Conditions

Find the facts out about the vaccines that may be given in the event of a bioterrorism threat:

  In the News

The latest news on biological and chemical warfare.

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