Diseases outbreaks and toxins


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines bioterrorism as terrorism involving the intentional release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs that can sicken or kill people, livestock, or crops.

Since the 2001 Anthrax letters, the Chicago Department of Public Health has been working closely with local, state, and federal agencies to monitor and prepare for a potential bioterror incident to protect the health and lives of residents.

Click here for more information on specific bioterrorism agents.

Pandemic flu

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each year, influenza affects between 3 and 5 million people around the world.  Here in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates upwards of 49,000 deaths each year associated with the flu.  The CDC describes Pandemic Influenza as “a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus … able to infect people easily and spread from person to person in an efficient and sustained way.”  

What can you do to protect yourself and your family?

  • Practice coughing and sneezing etiquette
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Stay home, as you're able to, if you’re sick
  • Get vaccinated!

Click here for more information, please visit the CDC website.


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