Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Public Health - Part 2
Lecture:Bioterrorism, Agricultural Terrorism, Chemical Terrorism, Nuclear Terrorism
Slide content:Bioterrorism in the U.S.: History - 1 1984 Rajneeshi attack The Dalles , OR First BT incident on U.S. soil ? 751 cases of foodborne illness Discovered by a small clinical laboratory, which noticed high numbers of Salmonella typhimurium results and alerted public health officials E ventually determined that central Oregon cult of the Rajneeshees intentionally contaminated salad bars in The Dalles 7
Slide notes:In the U.S., there have been few bioterrorism, or BT, attacks. A short list might include the militarys apparent distribution of smallpox-contaminated blankets to Native Americans in the 1700s. The list definitely includes a 1984 incident in Oregon when a cult intentionally contaminated salad bars, causing 751 cases of food poisoning. This event was c onsidered by some to be the first incident of BT on U.S. soil. Others disagree, citing examples like the one mentioned earlier. 7