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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 12, Issue 2, Pages 77-80
Adult Infectious Disease Notes

Bioterrorism in 2001: How Ready Are We?

B Lynn Johnston1 and John M Conly2

1Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


On January 30, 2001, the federal Immigration Department's headquarters in Ottawa were evacuated and shut down following a bioterrorism scare, which turned out to be a hoax. The building reopened 48 h later, after it was determined that the substance found was not anthrax (1). In the same week, a similar hoax forced the evacuation of an Ontario provincial government building in Toronto (1).