Biological Warfare and Terrorism

The Military and Public Health Response

Live Satellite Broadcast
September 21, 22, & 23, 1999
12:30-4:30 PM ET

Taped rebroadcast
October 2 & 3, 1999 11:30 AM-5:30 PM ET

Knowledge about the extensive biological weapons programs in other countries and numerous recent bioterrorism threats has increased the concern regarding the medical management of biological agent casualties on the battlefield or domestically. Military and civilian medical and public health professionals must become proficient in recognizing that a biological attack has occurred, activating the appropriate agencies and personnel to investigate the event, treating the casualties, and preventing the spread of the agent. This live, interactive three-day satellite broadcast will inform and educate health professionals about the proper medical response in the event of an intentional biological agent release. And it will also provide useful theoretical training, just purchase college research papers and don't worry about lack of time, experience and ignorance of certain scientific terms. World-renowned experts from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other organizations will present this program at no charge.

Target Audience

  • Military and civilian medical care providers;
  • Public health professionals such as epidemiologists and laboratorians, who are involved in disease surveillance and prevention
  • Clinical laboratory staff;
  • First responders and others who would assist in recognizing and managing casualties from a biological agent attack.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit for various professions will be offered based on 4 hours of instruction for each day of this 3-day program, for a maximum of 12 hours. Although credit is offered for each day of the program, participation in all three days is encouraged.
Starting September 21, 1999, with the first day of the broadcast, on-line testing can be conducted on this web site for each day of the broadcast. Take the test on-line and receive instant letters of completion for the course. On-line testing will be available until October 31, 1999. If you experience any problems with this added feature, please email the or call Rick Stevens at 301-619-4880.

Individual Registration Instructions

Individuals should register On-Line at the web-site You will be able to review and choose from a list of viewing sites available in your state. You must confirm your registration at a specific viewing site by using the e-mail or telephone information indicated for your site facilitator. If you do not have access to the Internet or cannot complete your registration on-line, please call Mr. Rick Stevens at (301) 619-4880. He will help you register or determine if your organization or installation has been registered as a downlink site.

To ensure the receipt of print materials, the local site facilitator must know by September 13, 1999, that you will be attending the course. Additional students are welcome after this date as long as the local facility will accommodate them.

Site Facilitator Instructions

Ensure your organization or installation has assigned one person to act as the local site facilitator who will register your facility at If you do not have access to the internet or cannot complete your site registration on-line, please call Mr. Rick Stevens at (301) 619-4880. He will help you register or determine if your organization or installation has been registered as a downlink site. The local site facilitator must reserve a classroom and obtain a local technical point of contact (POC), and should be prepared to be the main POC for information regarding their facility (i.e., satellite downlink capability and/or FTS2000 site code/ID).

Pre-broadcast Phone conference: Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, 1:30 - 3:30 PM ET. Call-in Numbers: 1-800-713-1971 Conference Code 893139.

Satellite Technical Specifications

The broadcast will be available as C-band, Ku-band, and digital (FTS2000) satellite signals.

September live broadcast: The program is available throughout the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and southern Canada, and the following international locations:

Europe: U.K., Ireland, Germany, Bosnia, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Crete.
Pacific Rim/Far East: Japan, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, S. Korea, Okinawa.
Middle East: Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Cyprus.

October taped rebroadcast: The program is only available throughout the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and southern Canada.

Specific satellite coordinates will be available after August 25,1999 at or by calling (888) 232-3299 and entering document #130025 when prompted.

Test Signal

The test signal will be broadcast from 12:00 - 12:30 PM ET on the same day of the program in September and from 11:00-11:30 AM ET before the taped rebroadcast in October. Broadcast of the program begins promptly at 12:30 PM on September 21, 22, and 23 and 11:30 AM on October 2 and 3.


DAY 1 - Presents an overview of biological agents.

  • Identify the most likely biological pathogens to be used in warfare or a terrorist event;
  • Identify the characteristics which make a biological pathogen an effective weapon;
  • Describe the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, and medical management of representative pathogens and toxins.

DAY 2 - Takes the student through the sequence of managing a battlefield biological warfare (BW) scenario.

  • Identify the sequential steps involved in a successful medical response to a military biological weapons attack;
  • Identify the epidemiological tools needed to recognize and distinguish a natural disease outbreak from a biological attack;
  • Describe correct triage and field management methods for biological agent casualties.

DAY 3 - Focuses on the civilian public health and medical response to biological terrorism (BT).

  • Differentiate between a public health (PH) response to a BT event and other outbreak investigations;
  • Identify the primary care providers' and other public health professionals' roles in a BT event.
  • Identify components of a PH response to BT and preparedness requirements.


The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Public Health Training Network (PHTN).

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