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Document ID (ISN)104619
CIS number 06-202
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rusnak J.M., Kortepeter M.G., Hawley R.J., Boudreau E., Aldis J., Pittman P.R.
Title Management guidelines for laboratory exposures to agents of bioterrorism
Bibliographic information Aug. 2004, Vol.46, No.8, p.791-800. Illus. 42 ref.
Abstract This article examines measures for preventing exposure to potential bioterrorism agents in biodefence research laboratories. Guidelines issued by the Special Immunizations Program at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) are described. These include general safety measures and policies for vaccination and exposure evaluation. Results of evaluations of exposure to bacterial agents, viral agents and toxins are also analysed. It is concluded that a multifaceted policy of safety training, laboratory practices and procedures, personal protective measures, vaccination and early assessment of potential exposure with initiation of postexposure prophylaxis has been successful in minimizing the risk of disease in laboratory workers. Algorithms for evaluating and managing potential exposure are presented to provide guidance to other agencies.
Descriptors (primary) laboratory work; infection control; terrorism; biological hazards; exposure evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) USA; bacteria; medical supervision; vaccination; prophylaxis; viruses
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Biological hazards
Violence and terrorism