Topics Discussed: acute illness; bioterrorism.
Sections: Biological Agents, Pediatric Biological Agent Exposure Management, References.
- Children are more likely than adults to have severe illness following a biological exposure.
- Vulnerabilities, such as a lack of pediatric expertise, equipment, or facilities within disaster planning and EMS systems, could be exacerbated by a terrorist attack involving children.
- Antibiotics that are infrequently used in children, such as tetracyclines and fluoroquinolones, may be the drugs of choice for children in the setting of bioterrorism.
- Infection control practices should be employed since secondary transmission is likely with biological agents such as plague, smallpox, and hemorrhagic fevers.
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