Introduction to An Assessment Tool for Early Detection of Suspected Bioterrorism Attack

DOI: 10.6525/TEB.20160202.32(3).001

Sung-Yin Chen, Li-Ju Chen, Yu-Ju Lin, Yi-Chien Chih, Shu-Mei Chou, Chin-Hui Yang

2016 Vol.32 NO.3

Correspondence Author: Sung-Yin Chen

  • Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control, Taiwan


It is not easy to discriminate between deliberate and natural infectious disease outbreaks during the initial period of events; the formers generally cause serious damage and public panic. Thus, an early detection of a bioterrorism event is very significant, especially for those who are responsible for dealing with the bioterrorism events, in order to detect a suspected bioterrorism event earlier. This article is intended to systematically introduce a quantitative assessment tool developed by  Grunow and Finke in 2002 to discriminate between deliberate and natural infectious disease outbreaks, which could be provided and utilized for the frontline medical staffand public health officers, as well as military, police, firefighter, and other staffs working in critical infrastructure which confronted by bioterror attacks. 

Keywords:Biological warfare agents, Biological terrorist attack, Bioterrorism, Risk assessment, Epidemiology