Biological Threats - Medical Professionals

Category A Diseases/Agents (See definition)

Category B Diseases/Agents (See definition)

Category C Diseases/Agents (See definition)

Category Definitions

The national public health system and primary health care providers must be prepared to address various biological agents, including pathogens that are rarely seen in the United States.


Category A Diseases/Agents

High-priority agents include organisms that pose a risk to national security because they


Category B Diseases/Agents

Second highest priority agents include those that


Category C Diseases/Agents

Third highest priority agents include emerging pathogens that could be engineered for mass dissemination in the future because of

For more information on the agent/disease selection and prioritization process, see Rotz LD, Khan AS, Lillibridge SR, et all. Public health assessment of potential biological terrorism agents. Emerg Infect Dis 2002; 8(2):225-30. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol8no2/01-0164.htm