NATURAL "BIOTERRORISM" AGENTS POSE RISKS FOR RESPONDERS

04/28/2005
When we think of bioterrorism, we tend to think of agents such as anthrax or smallpox. Actually, says Mike McEvoy, EMS coordinator for Saratoga County, New York, responders face greater risks from germs they encounter daily on their jobs. "I'm here to tell you that our efforts to prepare for bioterrorism are failing to protect ourselves and our families from the most dangerous bioterrorist out there - Mother Nature," McEvoy said at Thursday's General Session. Just eating at the fire station, he noted, poses a risk far greater than that of a deliberate bioterrorist attack with anthrax or smallpox.McEvoy offered "three simple steps" responders can take to protect themselves and their famil...

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