What is Bioterrorism?

 

It is the use or threatened use of germs (biological weapons) in order to create fear and disease among a population for religious, political, ideological, financial, or personal purposes. *AZ Department of Health Services 1991

 

Bioterrorism is not new. It is dated back as early as 1346, and you may remember more recently in 1984 when a religious cult in Oregon contaminated salad bars with Salmonella to influence the outcomes of an election.

 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has classified six diseases as high priority agents or “A” list because they meet some or all of the following criteria

 

  • Can be spread person to person

  • High death rate or potential for public health impact

  • Potential for panic and social disruption

  • Special action is needed for public health preparedness

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