The Role of Risk Analysis in Understanding Bioterrorism

Authors

  • Charles N. Haas

    1. L. D. Betz Professor of Environmental Engineering, School of Environmental Science, Engineering and Policy, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
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Abstract

Recent events have made the domestic risk from bioterrorism more tangible. The risk management process so far, however, has not benefited from many of the contributions that analysts, communicators, and managers can make to the public discourse. Risk professionals can contribute much to the understanding of and solutions to bioterrorist events and threats. This article will provide an overview of the bioterrorism problem and outline a number of areas to which members of the Society for Risk Analysis, and other risk practitioners, could usefully contribute.

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