Responding to bioterrorist smallpox in San Antonio

George Miller, Stephen Randolph, Jan E Patterson

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Abstract

We used discrete-event simulation to help the San Antonio public health and acute medical care communities to plan their response to a bioterrorist attack. The analysis, based on a scenario positing an attack with aerosolized smallpox, indicated the resources and strategies needed for an effective response. We found that a mixture of public-health measures designed to stop the spread of the disease would form a more robust and effective response than any single measure. However, unless the attack is very small, the public-health system is unlikely to be able to prevent a surge in demand for acute care that will require community-wide coordination of resources, a definitive patient-triage policy, and temporary treatment practices. The San Antonio communities are integrating our recommendations into their plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)580-590
Number of pages11
JournalInterfaces
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006

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  • Health care: epidemiology
  • Simulation: applications

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Responding to bioterrorist smallpox in San Antonio. / Miller, George; Randolph, Stephen; Patterson, Jan E.

In: Interfaces, Vol. 36, No. 6, 11.2006, p. 580-590.

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Miller, George ; Randolph, Stephen ; Patterson, Jan E. / Responding to bioterrorist smallpox in San Antonio. In: Interfaces. 2006 ; Vol. 36, No. 6. pp. 580-590.
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