September 26, 2001
Following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, many experts have become more concerned that terrorists may maliciously spread biological agents such as anthrax or smallpox.
- NEWSDATE: On Oct. 3, 2001, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA, is sponsoring a hearing on bioterrorism before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee. Sen. Harkin's office, Tricia Enright, 202-224-3254.
Media outlets are running lengthy articles on bioterrorism. Rick Weiss at the Washington Post had an article on Sept. 17, 2001. Johns Hopkins University featured an Associated Press bioterrorism article Sept. 17, 2001, on one of its Web sites.
- Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies (Johns Hopkins Univ.): Prof. D. A. Henderson (Director), 410-223-1667, offers extensive background.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is referring all calls on bioterrorism to the Department of Health and Human Services:Tony Jewell, 202-690-6343.
- Monterey Institute of International Studies, Center for Nonproliferation Studies: Kristin Thompson, 202-478-3446.
- The National Academies Press has published several books in the past few years that address bioterrorism, including Chemical and Biological Terrorism: Research and Development to Improve Civilian Medical Response.
- The World Health Organization on Sept. 21, 2001, issued a draft report, "Health Aspects of Biological and Chemical Weapons," urging government to improve preparations for possible attacks.
- For many additional resources, see TipSheet of Nov. 22, 2000.
- B-Roll on Chemical and Biological Attacks Available: Center for Defense Information.
- University of Minnesota: Prof. Michael T. Osterholm, 612-626-6770.