Agents of bioterrorism are generally not transmitted from person to person;
re-aerosolization of these agents is unlikely 4 . All patients in healthcare facilities, including
symptomatic patients with suspected or confirmed bioterrorism-related illnesses, should be
managed utilizing Standard Precautions. Standard Precautions are designed to reduce
transmission from both recognized and unrecognized sources of infection in healthcare facilities,
and are recommended for all patients receiving care, regardless of their diagnosis or presumed
infection status 5 . For certain diseases or syndromes (e.g., smallpox and pneumonic plague),
additional precautions may be needed to reduce the likelihood for transmission. See Section
II for specific diseases and requirements for additional isolation precautions.
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