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A Modern Take on an Age-Old Biological Weapon

  Reports about North Korea launching balloons filled with both fecal matter as well as propaganda into South Korean territory were intriguing. With regard to public health concerns, this raises the question as to whether fecal matter could be utilized in modern times as an effective biological weapon. History of Feces as a Form of Attack The utilization of fecal matter as a biological weapon is not exactly new ground. One of the first recorded…

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Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

Public health risks are common concerns when natural hazards occur. However, history shows that the increasing frequency of events and growing population sizes have been increasing the scale of events and the needs of affected populations. To mitigate complex public health challenges, personnel across disciplines must plan, coordinate, and develop
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Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

Community health centers are medical lifelines for millions of Americans. However, financial constraints and healthcare workforce challenges strain these critical resources. New initiatives and additional investments can help communities be more resilient and continue to meet community needs during a crisis.
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Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

Emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but what about mental fitness? Without focused mental agility in even one of the emergency management phases, mistakes or subpar performance are likely. Learn about this author’s new acronym that can help prioritize mental health
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Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

New technologies offer new ways to train personnel and exercise public health responses like COVID-19 and prepare response agencies for many other threats and hazards. Gamification integrates realistic scenarios in a controlled environment that can enhance community capabilities and build interagency collaboration and coordination. Learn more about this training and

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Healthcare and Public Health Sector Perspectives

According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Health Expenditures (NHE) accounted for $4.3 trillion, or 18.3% of the U.S. gross domestic

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A Modern Take on an Age-Old Biological Weapon

  Reports about North Korea launching balloons filled with both fecal matter as well as propaganda into South Korean territory were intriguing. With regard to public health concerns, this raises the question as to whether fecal matter could be utilized in modern times as an effective biological weapon. History of Feces as a Form of Attack The utilization of fecal matter as a biological weapon is not exactly new ground. One of the first recorded…

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Bioterrorism – Could Smallpox Return?

Although smallpox was eradicated from its human population and reservoir, it is still in designated stockpiles controlled by two nations and possibly in other unknown

Biosafety Laboratory Issues and Failures

Concerns regarding unexpected biological incidents and their public health implications were discussed in a 2014 Domestic Preparedness biosecurity and bioterrorism article. From the improper possession

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