Amsterdam Case Study


Case Study Details

Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Lead partners: 

The Netherlands case is designed to conduct a joint epidemiological and criminal threat assessment and investigation of an intentional contamination of the water supply system of the city of Amsterdam with biological agents that cause disease in Amsterdam citizens and/or visitors of a mass-event. When such a contamination event occurs, the health effects are not immediate and may be difficult to discern from natural events, and the response of both public health agencies to stop the spread of the disease and of law enforcement to find those responsible and prevent further attacks may be delayed and hence more difficult.

The contamination scenario of this case study will be conducted as a serious game, that will be prepared by the partners in which the research team. By working together, public health and law enforcement can achieve their separate but often overlapping objectives of identifying the biological agent, preventing the spread of the disease, preventing public panic, and apprehending those responsible.

The principal goal for the Health Department is to stop (further) spread of disease (identify causative agent, determine source, mode of transmission, and population at risk) and protect the health of the public. The following tools and technologies will be evaluated: PathoSENSE, PathoTHREAT, PathoINVEST, PathoTWEET, PathoVIEW, PathoIMS.