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Bioterrorism Funding May be Diverted from States

May 25, 2004
by David Pitt
Associated Press

More than $55 million in federal bioterrorism preparedness money could be diverted from states to 21 of the nation's largest cities under a proposal before Congress. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed diverting $1 million from each state to support targeted improvements in 21 specific cities as part of a plan that includes an early bioterrorism detection and quarantine plan administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... ..."While we can't be sure when or how a terrorist may strike, we do know that by shifting money around rather than properly investing in strong bioterror defense across the board we are leaving huge areas unprotected and vulnerable," said Shelley A. Hearne, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, a Washington-based nonprofit health advocacy group.

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