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States Still Struggling to Prepare for Bioterrorism

December 15, 2004
by Mimi Hall
USA Today

The nation's public health system remains woefully unprepared to respond to a crisis, despite repeated government warnings about the possibility of bioterrorism or another health emergency such as a flu pandemic, a new report shows. The federal government has spent $3 billion to improve public health preparedness since 2001, but little progress has been made toward tracking disease outbreaks, preparing for mass distribution of antidotes and equipping labs to identify and test for deadly pathogens, the non-profit Trust for America's Health found in its second annual report on public health preparedness released Tuesday.

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