Ian Britton - FreeFoto.com. Bioterrorism. What is bioterrorism?. The intentional or threatened use of viruses, bacteria, fungi, or toxins from living organisms to produce death or disease in humans, animals, or plants. Why Biological Attacks?. Easy to obtain Inexpensive to produce
The intentional or threatened use of viruses, bacteria, fungi, or toxins from living organisms to produce death or disease in humans, animals, or plants.
College students produced 30-40 kg of Salmonella typhi with plans to release it into the water supplies of major Midwestern cities.
Members of the Rajneesh cult sprayed Salmonella on eight local salad bars in Oregon in an attempt to influence a local election. They caused 715 cases of illness, but didn’t alter the election results.
Members of the Patriots Council plotted to kill law enforcement officers using ricin placed on the door knobs of their vehicles. The plot failed because an informant notified authorities, and the conspirators were arrested.
Larry Wayne Harris obtained “Plague” cultures from ATCC and talked openly about their potential for biological attacks. He was arrested and the vials were recovered unopened.
A disgruntled med tech brought doughnuts spiked with Shigella for her co-workers coffee break.
Multiple anthrax attacks
22 cases (+ 1 lab-acquired case)
11 inhalational cases
11 skin cases
Recognition early delayed
Response early delayed
Treatment early delayed
Responders Traditional Health Care “FirstResponders” Workers
Lower attack rates among people who have been indoors, compared with people who have been outdoors
Develop a bioterrorism response plan for your office. Be prepared to use infection control practices.
spent about $50 billion to improve the way it detects
and responds to biological threats.
But progress has been limited, and some security
experts say the threat is greater than it was.
This was 3 days after the NCAA basketball tournament sweet 16 in Charlotte.
Tularemia would be expected to have a slower progressionof illness and a lower case-fatality rate than either inhalationalplague or anthrax.