U.S. Bioterror Guard 'Low'

December 14, 2004
by Joanna Chung
Financial Times

Most states in the US are still ill-prepared to cope with a bioterror attack or other public health emergency, even after a surge in federal spending for such efforts since the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks. Many basic capabilities needed to respond to bioterrorism are still not in place, although some progress has been made, according to a study released yesterday by the nonpartisan Trust for America's Health. The year-long bioterror preparedness study - the group's second - also concluded that the government had failed to treat bioterrorism and public health emergencies as a top national priority.

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