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A. A Hospital-Based Bio-terrorism Protocol

Narrator: This is Science Today. The recent Anthrax outbreak -- and a lingering threat of more attacks to come -- has left many Americans feeling anxious about bio-terrorism and prompted an increase in hospital visits. Doctor Richard Jacobs, an infectious disease expert at the University of California, San Francisco, says these concerns need to be taken seriously. That's why he has implemented a protocol for his hospital to follow.

Jacobs: If somebody came in and said "I have been exposed to a powder," we would get them into a room, we would have them take their clothes off and decontaminate themselves, which means washing with soap and water. And then we would call the city health department and ask them for advice on what to do with the patient. And hopefully, if there were material that could be tested, they would come out and test it.

Narrator: Jacobs says this system differs from other methods nationwide.

Jacobs: None of them are applicable to the real front line, nitty-gritty, what do I do if someone walks in here with a fever and a rash that might be smallpox?

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.