Public Health - Bioterrorism
Comal County Public Health (CCPH) is guided by a vision: a safe and healthy Comal County. Multidisciplinary professionals work together to achieve this focal mission. Currently, there are twelve full-time employees and one part-time team-member creating a team that delivers public health-focused services such as immunizations, epidemiology and surveillance, emergency preparedness, education, and some clinic services. Our staff works under the guidance and direction of the Comal County Medical Authority.
A bioterrorism attack is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs to cause illness or death. These germs are often found in nature. But they can sometimes be made more harmful by increasing their ability to cause disease, spread, or resist medical treatment.
Biological agents spread through the air, water, or in food. Some can also spread from person to person. They can be very hard to detect. They don't cause illness for several hours or days. Scientists worry that anthrax, botulism, Ebola and other hemorrhagic fever viruses, plague, or smallpox could be used as biological agents.
Bio-defense uses medical measures to protect people against bioterrorism. This includes medicines and vaccinations. It also includes medical research and preparations to defend against bioterrorist attacks.