The public health system and the medical community must be prepared to address various biological agents, including pathogens that are rarely seen in the United States. These high-priority agents, called category A agents, include organisms that pose a risk to national security because they:
Can be easily disseminated or transmitted from person to person
Might cause public panic and social disruption
Require special action for public health preparedness
Result in high mortality rates and have the potential for major public health impact
The Health Department works hard to make sure Denton County is adequately prepared to respond to diseases caused by Category A agents. The department works in conjunction with other public health agencies, including the Department of State Health Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We encourage residents and the medical community to become familiar with these disease-causing agents. Get involved in planning for a possible response by joining the Denton County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).