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Potential Bioterrorism Agents
Highest priority agents. Organisms that pose a risk to national security because they can be easily disseminated or transmitted from person to person; that result in high mortality rates and have the potential for major public health impact; that might cause public panic and social disruption; and that require special action for public health preparedness.
Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)
Second highest priority agents. Organisms that are moderately easy to disseminate; that result in moderate morbidity rates and low mortality rates; and that require enhanced diagnostic capacity and disease surveillance.
Brucellosis (Brucella species)
Look for the following clues that may suggest a bioterrorism event has occurred:
An unusual increase or clustering of patients
presenting with unexplained illness and any of the following: