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Budget cuts hampering U.S. biothreat response

October 19, 2011
by Ted Purlain
BioPrep Watch

Budget cuts on the federal, state and local level have threatened U.S. efforts to prepare an effective response to an attack using biological weapons.

Jeff Levi, the executive director of Trust for America’s Health, recently spoke to U.S. lawmakers at a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing entitled, “Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks: Protecting against Biological Threats,” and gave a blunt assessment, according to HSToday.us.

"We could face the sad irony that if another anthrax attack were to occur today, we may be better prepared than ten years ago – but possibly not as well as three years ago," Levi said, HSToday.us reports.

In a similar vein, the nonprofit WMD Terrorism Research Center recently said that the United States continues to develop and sustain an adequate response to the threat of a large-scale biological attack or outbreak of a major contagious disease.

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