Chicago—If terrorists released plague
bacteria in a metropolitan area containing more than 6 million people, one
could reasonably expect fear and panic among the masses once people began
turning up sick.
So when national, state, and local health and safety officials staged
mock terror attacks and responses in May in Chicago and Seattle, it was difficult
to see what relevance the exercises had to real events, as role-playing "victims"
relaxed and joked while being treated for whatever evils had befallen them.
Mitka M. Bioterror Exercise Tests Agencies' Mettle. JAMA. 2003;289(22):2927-2928. doi:10.1001/jama.289.22.2927