Bioterrorism: Advances in Anthrax Response and Technology

In early August, the Minnesota Department of Health was investigating an apparent case of inhalational anthrax. The individual is believed to have acquired the infection from the natural environment. The patient was hospitalized in Minnesota after traveling through western states including North and South Dakotas and Wyoming. The Federal Bureau of Investigation initially investigated the matter since anthrax can be used as a bioterrorism agent. It found no evidence suggesting a link between the illness and a criminal or terrorist act.1 This incident is one of many that highlight the concern of health and security experts about the potential for biological warfare in our country, and espec...

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