The Biological Attack Model (BAM) is a disease
containment model designed to assist emergency
responders (ER) and emergencies planners (EP)
with the selection of the optimal
quarantine and/or containment strategies to use
in the event of a biological terrorist attack.
The disease containment model is an extension of
existing generic disease behaviour models and is
designed to be used for viral pathogens such as
Ebola, smallpox, or different strands of viral
encephalitis that are transmitted from person to
BAM was developed in Spring 2007 as part of the OR680 capstone
course for the Master's degree in Systems Engineeting and Operations
Research at George Mason University.
The Biological Attack Model