Volume 8, Number 10—October 2002
Collaboration Between Public Health and Law Enforcement: New Paradigms and Partnerships for Bioterrorism Planning and Response
|Characteristics||Public health||Law enforcement|
|Method of event recognition||Event detected through public health surveillance or calls from clinicians||Event announced by attacker or is evident|
|Challenges to event recognition||Few clinical syndromes that are clearly the result of bioterrorist attack; difficulty distinguishing between disease of natural origin and bioterrorism attack||Large number of hoaxes and noncredible threats not associated with an actual bioterrorist attack; delay in notification of possible event by public health; “copycat” threats or attacks (9)|
|Initial data collection||Hypothesis generation, “shoe-leather epidemiology”||Questioning of witnesses and suspects, follow-up of tips and intelligence information|
|Confirmatory data collection and analysis||Controlled epidemiologic studies||Collection and organization of evidence|
|Data validation||Presentation for scientific peer review||Indictment, arrest, and conviction|
|Goal of investigation||Effective disease prevention and control measures||Prevention and deterrence of future attacks|
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