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Pediatr Emerg Med Pract. 2018 Dec;15(12):1-24. Epub 2018 Dec 1.

Bioterrorism attacks involving pediatric patients: preparedness and early recognition are critical.

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George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences; Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness, Children's National Health System, Washington, DC.

Abstract

Due to their anatomic, physiologic, developmental, and behavioral characteristics, children are particularly vulnerable to bioterrorism agents. Symptoms associated with most bioterrorism agents can be difficult to differentiate from common childhood illnesses. It is extremely important that emergency clinicians are able to recognize unusual illness patterns that could distinguish a natural outbreak from a bioterrorism attack. Resources available through government agencies and leading pediatric organizations can aid in diagnosis and treatment. This issue reviews the highest-risk bioterrorism agents and provides guidance for diagnosing and managing pediatric patients who have been exposed to these agents.

PMID:
30476431

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