State Leads in Bioterror Precautions
December 14, 2004
by Robyn Shelton
No state is better prepared than Florida to detect and contain the deadly viruses, bacteria or toxins of a bioterrorist, according to a nationwide analysis released Tuesday.
Florida and North Carolina scored highest in the country by meeting nine of 10 readiness criteria, according to the Trust for America's Health
, a nonpartisan research group.
But the organization warned that Florida is the exception -- most states are struggling with "major areas of vulnerability that leave Americans at risk."
Many lack the resources to handle routine threats, such as a bad flu season, let alone the potential devastation of an intentional smallpox or plague outbreak, the report concluded.
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