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Laboratory investigation of suspected bioterrorism incidents, NSW, October 2001 to February 2002

Gregory James, Marion Yuen, Lyn Gilbert

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 14(12) 221 - 223 Published: 01 December 2003

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Gregory James

Marion Yuen

Lyn Gilbert


In October 2001, the threat of bioterrorism became a reality, following identification of a case of inhalational anthraxin the United States. This was the first case in a bioterrorism-related outbreak, caused by exposure to mail contaminated with spores of Bacillus anthracis. This provoked a worldwide spate of hoaxes and scares related to suspicious ‘white powders’.