NEW YORK, June 2 /PRNewswire/ --
The Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism stated that "terrorists are more likely to be able to obtain and use a biological weapon than a nuclear weapon," making the threat of a bioterror attack very real. How prepared are we if a deadly contagion such as smallpox were to be weaponized and released?
Join Dr. Yehuda Danon and Dr. Eric Rose as they discuss the threat of attack, the current state of preparedness, and the proper response strategies to minimize casualties and enable local planning. They will draw from their experiences and recent participation in Israel's Operation Orange Flame 4, a mass smallpox drill that was one of the largest biodefense exercises to date.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
1:00 PM (EDT)
Dr. Yehuda Danon is a retired Brigadier General and former Surgeon General of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and currently serves as a Professor of Immunology at Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine.
Dr. Eric Rose, is the Chairman and CEO of SIGA Technologies and former Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief of the Columbia Presbyterian Center of New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Details: The discussion will include:
- Details of the "Operation Orange Flame" mass drill in Tel Aviv where two "terrorists" infected with smallpox entered a crowded stadium and hotel exposing thousands to the deadly virus
- Current strategies in place for dealing with a weaponized deadly pathogen released into the public
- Steps to take in case of a bio-outbreak, from surveillance through post-exposure prophylaxis
- Gaps in current biodefense planning, budget, and policy
SOURCE SIGA Technologies