State's bioterror planning needs more work

December 12, 2006
by Jeremy Olson
St. Paul Pioneer Press

If bioterrorism or a deadly flu pandemic struck in Minnesota, the federal government would likely rush a stockpile of drugs and medical supplies to the state within 12 hours. But would Minnesota be able to distribute these crucial medical supplies in time? A watchdog report released this morning suggests that most states, including Minnesota, are not fully ready for that task. Only 15 states have achieved "green status," which means they could adequately handle the stockpiles once they are delivered, according to Trust for America's Health.

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