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Plague  Lesson 6
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Distinguishing Natural Disease vs Bioterrorism

The most likely sentinel events of an intentional Y. pestis release are considered to be:

  • An announced, threat deemed to be credible by law enforcement.
  • An observed suspicious or obvious credible threat event.
  • Detection of the plague bacterium in the environment.
  • Identification of animal cases in an unusual setting or unusual conditions.
  • Identification of more than one primary pneumonic cases within a similar area or time.

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