"Since the discovery of Iraq's biological weapons program, concern regarding the threat of biological warfare has increased. Anthrax immunizations; increased nuclear, biological, and chemical defense training; improved detection systems and protective gear; and increased vigilance have been instituted to protect the military. However, the military is not the only population at risk for biological attack. To effectively counter the potentially devastating effects of an attack, we need to understand the basic epidemiologic principles of biological agents used as weapons. To facilitate the rapid identification of a bioterrorist attack, all health-care providers and public health personnel should have basic epidemiologic skills and knowledge of what to expect in such a setting."
Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/
Emerging Infectious Diseases (July-August 1999), v.5 no.4, p. 528-530