Preparing for the Next
Terror Attack -- Are we ready?
November 3rd 2005
Intelligence experts believe that it is
only a matter of time before there is another terrorist attack in the
U.S. With the recent scares in New York and Baltimore and the deadly
terrorist bombings in Bali, Egypt, London and Madrid, these attacks are
aimed at striking terror among millions of people. Of rising concerns is
the fear that terrorists will use biological chemicals against us. What
if this suspicious package contained a deadly chemical, such as smallpox
or anthrax, are we ready? It appears not.
A study listed in Archives of Internal Medicine showed 631 doctors,
mostly medical residents, were given a test prior to completing an
online training course. On the pretest, half the doctors misdiagnosed
botulism, 84 percent misdiagnosed plague and a case of routine
chickenpox was misdiagnosed as smallpox by 42 percent of the doctors.
"We've got a dangerous gap here and we need a much clearer strategic
game plan," said Shelley Hearne, executive director of Trust for
America's Health, which tracks how well states are prepared for
bioterrorism or pandemic.
In addition to the lack of bioterror
knowledge in health care professionals, high-ranking officials in the US
Health and Human Services Department have stated major concerns about
the government's ability to deliver medicines in the event of a
bioterror attack. In response to these concerns, steps are being taken
to address these issues. To improve the delivery of medicines in the
event of a national emergency some suggested steps include the delivery
of medicines from local fire stations, police stations, and even via the
US Postal Service.
In the book
Sledgehammer, Dr. Paulo J. Reyes describes a Smallpox
outbreak, and how rapidly the disease can spread, the potentially
devastating effects of air-borne contaminants, and the potential for
extremely large numbers of fatalities. The point in writing the book,
according to Reyes, is to bring to light the high potential for
bioterrorist attacks in the United States and to demonstrate how
critical it is to develop emergency response strategies to handle the
delivery of medicines and the medical treatment.
The combined efforts of the United States government and the medical
community are crucial in preventing millions of deaths in the event of
such a disaster. Despite global efforts to eradicate terrorism, the
threat of a bioterror attack remains high. The United States must
prepare emergency response strategies and develop effective means of
delivering medicines to all parts of the country. Letís prepare now so
our nation can respond rapidly and effectively resulting in minimal
damage and loss of live.
For information on Reyes book, Sledgehammer or current news on smallpox
and current events stop by http://www.pauloreyes.com
By Diana Ennen
Diana Ennen and Dr. Paulo J. Reyes are both available for
media interviews by contacting Diana at
firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the Home Office
http://www.homeofficerecoveryplan.com and for Sledgehammer,
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