Public health leaders cite lessons of 2001 anthrax attacks

September 1, 2011
by Robert Roos and Lisa Schnirring

Public health leaders, recalling and reflecting on the anthrax letter attacks of 2001 in a lengthy report released today, say the nation is better prepared to respond to such an emergency than it was 10 years ago, but their confidence is tinged with fear of slipping backward in the current era of budget cutting.

The report, titled "Remember 9/11 and Anthrax: Public Health's Vital Role in National Defense," includes essays from about 35 federal, state, and local public health officials who were involved in responding to the 2001 attacks, plus a chronology of key events and a summary of the anthrax investigation.

The report was prepared by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group based in Washington, DC.

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