State Emergency Health Powers Act

In the weeks following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the CDC
asked the Center for Law and the Public’s Health to draft a model
law that could empower state public health agencies to respond quickly
and effectively to a bioterrorist emergency. The result is the Model
State Emergency Health Powers Act, which addresses topics such as
procurement, due process for quarantined/isolated persons, state use
of private property, and other issues that may arise in the hours,
days, and weeks following the declaration of a public health emergency.

In a recent
JAMA article, the drafters discuss the purposes and implications
of the Act.

Infectious Diseases

Emerging Infectious Diseases is a new journal published
by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available both
in print and online editions, EID presents the latest research
on emerging and reemerging infections around the world. EID recently
compiled a list of
bioterrorism-related articles
from its archives, all of which are available free of charge.

for Civilian Biodefense Strategies

Co-founded by smallpox eradicator D.A. Henderson, the Center for Civilian
Biodefense Strategies at Johns Hopkins is one of the leading organizations
dedicated to issues surrounding bioterrorism. The Center maintains
a sizable library of bioterrorim-related resources, including testimony
of director Tara O’Toole before Congress.

Accounting Office Reports

The General Accounting Office (GAO) has published numerous reports
over the years concerning national strategies and preparedness for
a bioterrorist attack. Several of these reports describe in detail
the implications of a bioterrorist threat on the nation’s public
health infrastructure. New reports are added periodically, and the
full text of all reports published since the mid-1990s may be searched
via GPO
. Particularly relevant to public health are:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Role in Public
Health Protection (November 15, 2021)

Public Health and Medical Preparedness

(October 6, 2021)

Nile Virus Outbreak: Lessons for Public Health Preparedness (September
11, 2000)

Nile Virus in the United States: A State of the Art Assessment of
Law and Policy

Authored by James G. Hodge, Jr. of the Center for Law and the Public’s
Health, this report outlines the legal responses to West Nile Virus
in light of current epidemiological knowledge. Included in the report
is a case study of New York’s City’s approach to this emerging infectious