Pediatric Annals

CME Article 

Bioterrorism: A Clinical Reality

Robert J. Leggiadro, MD

  • Pediatric Annals. 2007;36(6)
  • Posted June 1, 2007

Abstract

The intentional delivery of Bacillus anthracis spores through mailed letters or packages established the clinical reality of bioterrorism in the United States in autumn 2001. An understanding of the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and management of the more credible biologic agents is critical to limiting morbidity and mortality from a bioterrorism attack.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert J. Leggiadro, MD, is Chairman and Program Director, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY, and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY.

Address correspondence to Robert J. Leggiadro, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Room 4-20, 234 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10451; fax 718-579-4700; or e-mail robert.leggiadro@nychhc.org.

Dr. Leggiadro has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Recognize clues to a bioterrorism event.
  2. Review the clinical features of and diagnostic methods for the critical biological agents.
  3. Explain the management and prevention strategies for the critical biological agents.

Abstract

The intentional delivery of Bacillus anthracis spores through mailed letters or packages established the clinical reality of bioterrorism in the United States in autumn 2001. An understanding of the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and management of the more credible biologic agents is critical to limiting morbidity and mortality from a bioterrorism attack.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert J. Leggiadro, MD, is Chairman and Program Director, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY, and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY.

Address correspondence to Robert J. Leggiadro, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Room 4-20, 234 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10451; fax 718-579-4700; or e-mail robert.leggiadro@nychhc.org.

Dr. Leggiadro has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Recognize clues to a bioterrorism event.
  2. Review the clinical features of and diagnostic methods for the critical biological agents.
  3. Explain the management and prevention strategies for the critical biological agents.

The intentional delivery of Bacillus anthracis spores through mailed letters or packages established the clinical reality of bioterrorism in the United States in autumn 2001. An understanding of the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and management of the more credible biologic agents is critical to limiting morbidity and mortality from a bioterrorism attack.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert J. Leggiadro, MD, is Chairman and Program Director, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY, and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY.

Address correspondence to Robert J. Leggiadro, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Room 4-20, 234 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10451; fax 718-579-4700; or e-mail robert.leggiadro@nychhc.org.

Dr. Leggiadro has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Recognize clues to a bioterrorism event.
  2. Review the clinical features of and diagnostic methods for the critical biological agents.
  3. Explain the management and prevention strategies for the critical biological agents.

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