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Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7321.1135 (Published 10 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1135
  1. Fred Charatan, retired geriatric physician
  1. Florida, USA

    Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, William Broad


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    Simon and Schuster, $27, pp 382 ISBN 0 684 87158 0

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    In 1984 the Baghwan Shree cult used Salmonella typhimurium to infect salads in 10 restaurants in the small Oregon town of The Dalles. About a thousand people became ill; 751 were confirmed to have salmonella, making it the largest outbreak in Oregon's history.

    Two women leaders of the cult who fled to Germany were extradited back to the United States in 1986, tried, and convicted of attempted murder by causing the salmonella outbreak. Both were released after serving four years in a federal prison, but fled again to Europe before state charges could be brought against them.

    The Baghwan Shree's attack kicks off this …

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