Medical Examiners, Coroners, and Biologic Terrorism: A Guidebook for Surveillance and Case Management   [open pdf - 1MB]

The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series is prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [It] is the agency's primary vehicle for scientific publication of timely, reliable, authoritative, accurate, objective, and useful public health information and recommendations. This issue of MMWR discusses "Medical examiners, Coroners, and Biologic Terrorism: A Guidebook for Surveillance and Case Management". From the Summary: "Medical examiners and coroners (ME/Cs) are essential public health partners for terrorism preparedness and response. These medicolegal investigators support both public health and public safety functions and investigate deaths that are sudden, suspicious, violent, unattended, and unexplained. Medicolegal autopsies are essential for making organism-specific diagnoses in deaths caused by biologic terrorism. This report has been created to 1) help public health officials understand the role of ME/Cs in biologic terrorism surveillance and response efforts and 2) provide ME/Cs with the detailed information required to build capacity for biologic terrorism preparedness in a public health context. This report provides background information regarding biologic terrorism, possible biologic agents, and the consequent clinicopathologic diseases, autopsy procedures, and diagnostic tests as well as a description of biosafety risks and standards for autopsy precautions."

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MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (June 11, 2004), v.53, no.RR-8
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Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/index.html
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