Unbuilt Public Health Lab a Linchpin in State's Readiness for Bioterrorism

March 23, 2005
by Bill Toland
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania's ability to deal with a biological terror attack would be improved if Allegheny County's proposed public health lab is built, county Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dixon said yesterday. Dixon made the remarks at a state Senate hearing on Pennsylvania's preparedness for potential biological terrorism. According to a report from the Trust for America's Health, a Washington-based health advocacy group, Pennsylvania is ill-prepared, ranking among the five worst states in the United States.

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