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Bioterrorism is the intentional use of infectious agents, or germs, to cause illness. Bioterrorism preparedness has been made a national priority. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has worked with state and local health departments to identify and to respond to bioterrorism for several years. The federal response to bioterrorism includes medications, medical supplies, and if necessary, vaccines to protect an affected community.

Public Health - Seattle & King County is aware of the need to be prepared for bioterrorism. For the past several years Public Health has worked with the local medical community to increase the ability to detect and respond to a bioterrorist attack. Public Health has also developed bioterrorism response plans along with the Washington State Department of Health and the CDC.

If a bioterrorist event occurs in King County, the public would be informed through the news media, the Public Health website and the King County website regarding the best steps to take to protect one's health.

Contact us

  • To report suspicious packages or substances, call your local law enforcement agency at 9-1-1.

  • Report a disease of suspected bioterrorism origin, please call 206-296-4774.

  • If you are a fire or police department representative and need to talk to Public Health about suspicious substances, please call 206-296-4774.

  • Public Health's Disease Information Line (recorded information and updates) 206-296-4949.