Readiness for health, bioterror emergencies eroding: report

December 20, 2011
by Ian Simpson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Readiness for bioterror and health emergencies could erode nationwide as cash-strapped governments face cuts in spending, a study reported on Tuesday.

Key programs that detect and respond to bioterrorism, new disease outbreaks and disasters are at risk because of federal and state budget cuts, according to the ninth annual report on health preparedness by the non-partisan Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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