Ohio's Germ Defense: Locals to Hear State Official

March 1, 2004
by Matt Leingang
Cincinnati Enquirer

Ohio's top public health official will give a speech tonight in Cincinnati, updating efforts to prepare the state against bioterrorism threats...But critics say the country has missed an opportunity to address its shortcomings. "We are only modestly better prepared," said Shelley Hearne, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, a non-profit group in Washington, D.C. "The federal bioterrorism funds were an important first step. But two years of increased funding for our public health infrastructure cannot make up for nearly two decades of neglect prior to 9-11."

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