The Expanding Reach Of Bioterrorism: How Impacted Industries Respond

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Expanding Reach Of BioterrorismThough bioterrorism dates back to Roman times, it’s never been easier than it is right now to weaponize dangerous biological agents. The only thing that is getting easier is detection through first responder test kits like those developed and manufactured by Advnt Biotechnologies. In as little as three minutes, these detection devices can identify the presence of anthrax, botulism, ricin, Y. pestis and SEB, representing five of the biowarfare agents of greatest concern to public health. That’s why Advnt’s Pro Strips and BADD technologies are the test kits of choice among biowarfare-targeted industries worldwide.

In the past, biological weapons were used on the front lines between enemy forces. Today the frontline has expanded to not only include government offices, but also schools, hospitals, businesses and public transportation systems costing  private industry and tax payers millions of dollars. With this ongoing threat, organizations are setting up stricter security measures to minimize the threat of a hoax or an actual bioterrorism threat.

* Shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11, a bioterrorist successfully weaponized anthrax. Letters laced with this deadly white powder were mailed to U.S. news media and government offices. Due to the fear and anxiety a biothreat can cause, thousands of white powder hoaxes are discovered around the world every year.

* Ricin, a deadly derivative of the castor bean, was mailed to the White House in 2003 and in 2008 ricin was discovered in an Extended Stay Hotel in Las Vegas utilizing Advnt's BADD ricin test. Fortunately, it was detected before reaching its destination, inevitably saving lives.

* Back in the nineties, a radical Japanese cult weaponized botulinum toxin in aerosol form and disseminated it in downtown Tokyo and on U.S. military installations. This same group Aum Shinrikyo on March 20, 1995 released sarin gas into Tokyo subways.

Targeted industries are fighting back with investments in first responder test kits that enable them to identify and deal with biological weapons immediately and effectively. Advnt Biotechnologies’ Pro Strips and BADD test kits are the technology of choice for corporate security services, universities, hospitals, training facilities, lab triage and HazMat crews, just to name a few.

Advnt recommends that only trained professionals use these first responder test kits, however, their use is quite simple. Advnt Biotechnologies offers an extensive array of training products to help along the way like: simulation training kits, threat simulation powders and a training CD's.

Bioterrorism is now a household word and its here to stay. But the continuing improvement of first responder test kits combined with developments in vaccines for deadly agents will most certainly help minimize the impact of biowarfare – today and into the future.