Date of Award

5-1-2003

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Epidemiology

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Sally Blakley

Second Advisor

Samuel Atkinson

Abstract

Michael III, Donald T., Perceptions Regarding Tarrant County’s Preparedness for a Bioterrorism Attack Involving Smallpox. Master of Public Health (Epidemiology), May 2003, 51 pp., 10 tables, bibliography, 26 titles. Perception and knowledge of risk of a bioterrorist attack are important factors in determining public response and anxiety level. A telephone survey of residents of Tarrant County, Texas was conducted to determine public perception regarding Tarrant County’s preparedness to respond to an intentional release of the smallpox virus as an act of terrorism. Although a low response rate limits the ability to generalize the findings of this survey, frequency and chi-squared analysis of survey responses revealed a public desire for more information about the county’s preparedness, access to smallpox vaccine, and identified a potential gap between objectively measured and public self-assessment of knowledge about bioterrorism and smallpox concepts. Increased efforts toward information dissemination and education of the Tarrant County community are needed to address these concerns.

Comments

Michael III, Donald T., Perceptions Regarding Tarrant County’s Preparedness for a Bioterrorism Attack Involving Smallpox. Master of Public Health (Epidemiology), May 2003, 51 pp., 10 tables, bibliography, 26 titles.

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