Individual Communication and Crisis Paper
August 12, 2013
Hello, my name is Amanda Cummings and I am the director of the Manhattan Regional Emergency Management Office. I am receiving official reports about many people getting sick from drinking the water in Manhattan and the surrounding areas. It is now known that there is a life-threatening biological agent in the water system called tularemia. It is still unknown how it got into the water systems but together we will be able to work as a team to resolve the issue and protect the lives of the residents in this area.
Many will ask what tularemia is because it is not a common life-threatening agent that many know about. Tularemia is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Francisella turlarensis. (San Luis Obispo County, 2013) Normally this disease is passed to humans from a tick bite or handling an animal that has been infected with this disease. Though it is also able to be passed to humans if they ingest the disease from contaminated water, soil, or even food that has be contaminated. It is also important to know that it can NOT be passed from human to human with direct contact. (San Luis Obispo County, 2013) There is usually a 3-5 day incubation period before symptoms can occur. The symptoms of this disease are chills, eye irritations, fever, headache, joint stiffness, muscle pains, a red spot on the skin growing into a sore, shortness of breath, sweating, and/or weight loss. (Medicine, 2013) There is good news to this disease and that is that is treatable. They treatment for this disease is simply antibiotics. There are two known ones that work to get of this infectious disease and they are Streptomycin and Tetracycline. They have both have been tested and have had great results. There are some cases of death with this disease. There is a five percent chance of death in untreated cases and only a one percent chance of death in treated cases. (Medicine,...
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