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Volume 9, Number 6—June 2003

Research

Community Reaction to Bioterrorism: Prospective Study of Simulated Outbreak

Cleto DiGiovanni*Comments to Author , Barbara Reynolds†, Robert Harwell‡, Elliott B. Stonecipher§, and Frederick M. Burkle¶#
Author affiliations: *National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, USA; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; ‡Harwell Productions, Inc., Shreveport, Louisiana, USA; §Evets Management Services, Inc., Shreveport, Louisiana, USA; ¶Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; #the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA

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Table

Study group characteristics, simulated bioterrorism incident

Responders (N=39)
No (%) Spouses
(N=32)
no (%) Media
(N=34)
no (%) Residents
(N=48)
no (%)
Sex




Male
24 (61.5)
12 (37.5)
21 (61.8)
22 (45.8)
Female
15 (38.5)
20 (62.5)
13 (38.2)
26 (54.2)
Age




18–26
7 (17.9)
6 (18.8)
4 (11.8)
4 (8.3)
27–50
30 (76.9)
22 (68.8)
23 (67.6)
19 (39.6)
51–65
2 (5.1)
3 (9.4)
6 (17.6)
11 (22.9)
>65

1 (3.1)
1 (2.9)
14 (29.2)
Family members in area




Yes
38 (97.4)
31 (96.9)
22 (64.7)
44 (91.7)
No


12 (35.3)
4 (8.3)
No response
1 (2.6)
1 (3.1)


Education




Not high school graduate

1 (3.1)

1 (2.1)
High school
diploma/equivalency
7 (17.9)
8 (25.0)

6 (12.5)
Some college
15 (38.5)
18 (56.3)
5 (14.7)
16 (33.3)
College degree
13 (33.3)
3 (9.4)
25 (73.5)
16 (33.3)
Post-graduate education
4 (10.3)
1 (3.1)
3 (8.8)
7 (14.6)
No response

1 (3.1)


Other 1 (3.0) 2 (4.2)

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