1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack

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    First Step Background In 2008, an investigation was launched by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) to explore the causes of a Salmonella Agona outbreak that affected individuals in multiple states. Although 8 people were hospitalized as a result of an infection, no people died from the outbreak (Center for Disease and Prevention, 2008). This outbreak highlighted the ways in which CDC, FDA, and other governmental agencies collaborate to solve a multistate outbreak. Issues and Additional Information The outbreak occurred as a result of an infestation at a production plant of Malt-o Meal, a wheat puff cereal company, in Minnesota. One of the ways that this pattern was detected was after Malt-O- Meal went under investigation and it was found that the many packaged cereals contained a strand of salmonella agona, which as a result caused the outbreak amongst those who consumed the cereal in 15 states (Center for Disease and Prevention, 2008). The investigation began in April and continued until May of 2008. Second Step Decision Context In order to come to a decision, it was very crucial to come up with a solution that can be applied nationally and quickly since the outbreak happened in several states. Some of the factors to consider in this particular case is time, economic and social factors. Typical symptoms of a salmonella infection are diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. For this reason, detection can be particularly…

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    outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever caused by the Ebola virus have resulted in a fatality rate from 25 to 90 percent, depending on the virus and the availability of medical services. There have only been two notable terrorist attacks using biological weapons occur in the United Sates since 1980. The first modern use was the 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack in Dallas, Oregon utilizing salmonella as contaminate in salad bars at ten local restaurants. With gaining political control of Antelope,…

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