Analyzing a bioterror attack on the food supply: the case of botulinum toxin in milk.

@article{Wein2005AnalyzingAB,
  title={Analyzing a bioterror attack on the food supply: the case of botulinum toxin in milk.},
  author={Lawrence M. Wein and Yifan Liu},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2005},
  volume={102 28},
  pages={9984-9}
}
We developed a mathematical model of a cows-to-consumers supply chain associated with a single milk-processing facility that is the victim of a deliberate release of botulinum toxin. Because centralized storage and processing lead to substantial dilution of the toxin, a minimum amount of toxin is required for the release to do damage. Irreducible uncertainties regarding the dose-response curve prevent us from quantifying the minimum effective release. However, if terrorists can obtain enough… CONTINUE READING

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