Week 8 Final Exam - PBHE 413.docx - 1 Discuss the differences in clinical presentation between a person who is a victim of a chemical vs a biological

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1. Discuss the differences in clinical presentation between a person who is a victim of a chemical vs. a biological event. A person exposed to chemical and biological events usually have the same outcome; they become debilitated, incapacitated or they die. However, the composition of the two are different. Chemical agents are naturally occurring or artificially synthesized toxic substances that affects the biological material of living organisms (humans, animals, etc). A biological agent is a living organism such as a bacteria or virus that attacks organic material. A person exposed to a chemical agent will show symptoms quickly with skin contact, eye contact, inhalation, or ingestion and can cause rashes, burns, nerve reactions such as, twitching and sweating. These reactions can happen immediately and last for hours even after decontamination. A person exposed to a biological contamination may not show symptoms right away. The incubation period or virus and bacteria could take days or weeks if dealing with the current corona virus. Reference: Biological and Chemical Terrorism:Strategic Plan for Preparedness and Response. (n.d.). Retrieved from 2. During Week 6, we learned about natural disasters and some lessons learned (e.g., Hurricane Katrina). How do these lessons from a natural disaster compare to those learned from the other incidents about which you have read in this course?
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