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Medical News & Perspectives
January 3, 2001

Experts Urge Bioterrorism Readiness

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JAMA. 2001;285(1):30-32. doi:10.1001/jama.285.1.30-JMN0103-2-1

Washington—Last May, nearly 1000 people "died" in Denver after a terrorist sprayed airborne plague bacteria at a concert. As reports of hundreds of people seeking relief from fever and coughs trickled up from hospitals to the state health department to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a hastily convened expert panel struggled to contain the outbreak, allocate limited antibiotics, and keep the public peace. Through it all, confusion reigned.