Bioterror Staffing Called Inadequate

July 7, 2003
NBC Nightly News

The government is so short of experts that it would be overwhelmed by a biological terror attack, and the problem will only get worse as scores of aging government specialists retire within the next five years, according to a study to be released Tuesday. The report is at least the third in just the past month to warn that the United States could be at the mercy of domestic terrorists... Another study, by the Trust for America's Health, found that the nation's public health laboratories were "dangerously unprepared" for a chemical attack.

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