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Article - Public Safety




§14–3A–01.

    (a)    In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.

    (b)    “Catastrophic health emergency” means a situation in which extensive loss of life or serious disability is threatened imminently because of exposure to a deadly agent.

    (c)    “Deadly agent” means:

        (1)    anthrax, ebola, plague, smallpox, tularemia, or other bacterial, fungal, rickettsial, or viral agent, biological toxin, or other biological agent capable of causing extensive loss of life or serious disability;

        (2)    mustard gas, nerve gas, or other chemical agent capable of causing extensive loss of life or serious disability; or

        (3)    radiation at levels capable of causing extensive loss of life or serious disability.

    (d)    “Exposure to a deadly agent” means a threat to human health caused by the release, distribution, or transmission of a deadly agent in:

        (1)    this State; or

        (2)    another jurisdiction because of movement into the State of the deadly agent or of individuals exposed to the deadly agent.

    (e)    “Health care provider” means:

        (1)    a health care facility as defined in § 19–114(d)(1) of the Health – General Article;

        (2)    a health care practitioner as defined in § 19–114(e) of the Health – General Article; and

        (3)    an individual licensed or certified as an emergency medical services provider under § 13–516 of the Education Article.

    (f)    “Secretary” means the Secretary of Health.



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