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What have we learnt

In this week, we learned about the basic features of biosecurity and bioterrorism. We learned that there is a wide range of biological agents that could potentially become a biosecurity problem, or be used as a bioterrorism agent. Clinicians and public health practitioners utilise modern molecular biological methods to detect biological agents, enabling them to develop plans for improving biosecurity or responding to bioterrorism events.

We have learnt about what outbreaks are, how outbreaks are identified and how health authorities investigate the cause of an outbreak. You have been introduced to the basic concepts of epidemiology, which is about understanding the patterns and causes of disease in human (and animal) populations.

Finally, we introduced bioterrorism-related outbreaks and how these may differ from other outbreaks.

Feel free to share your own experiences with outbreaks and any thoughts and ideas you have about what a bioterrorism outbreak might look like. You could also discuss some of the special considerations that are required when investigating an outbreak caused by bioterrorism.

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This article is from the free online course:

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Public Health Dimensions

UNSW Sydney

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