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Recent Incidents of Bioterrorism

Historical Examples of Biological Warfare
Recent Incidents of Bioterrorism

2001 Anthrax Attacks
The 2001 anthrax attacks occured in the United States beginning on September 18th, 2001 (right after the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon) and lasted several weeks afterwards. Five letters were mailed containing anthrax bacterium. They were mailed to the offices of two senators and several news agencies and ultimately resulted in five deaths. Twenty-two people developed anthrax infections, eleven of which were life-threatening varieties. The two letters sent to the senators contained a fine, white powder form of anthrax that has since been identified as weapons-grade anthrax. In the end, the crime remains unsolved despite all the efforts of the FBI.

Copy of the letter one of the senators recieved.

The note within one of the letters.

1984 Rajneeshee salmonella attack

In 1984, followers of the Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh, an Indian guru, attempted to control a local election by infecting salad bars in ten restaurants with Salmonella tyhpimurium in the small town of The Dalles, Oregon. This action was performed by members of the the guru's spiritual movement, but independent of it. This attack is the first documented case of bioterrorism in the United States during the 21st century. The attack resulted in approximately 750 people getting sick, but no deaths occured.

The University of Florida - ENC2210 - Spring 2006