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clinical, legal or educational issue related to bioterrorism;
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1. Chemicals seldom are considered early in the differential diagnosis of food-borne gastrointestinal illness since the majority of these illnesses in which an etiology is identified are caused by biological organisms, such as:
D. all of the above
2. According to Sam Nunn, if a nuclear bomb is successfully assembled and dispersed through a terrorist network world governments would still be at a distinct advantage because radioactive materials are so easy to detect.
3. Reviewing historical smallpox outbreaks, researchers in the UK say it may be possible to contain transmission of the virus without:
A. using any smallpox vaccine
B. use of protective gear
C. designating smallpox hospitals
D. mass pre-event immunization
4. During the 2001 anthrax attacks, African American postal workers said their view of the public health response was influenced by the legacy of the Tuskegee experiment on black men. What disease was left untreated in that infamous study?
Answer Key: 1. D; 2. B; 3. D; 4. B