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[2 Nov 2009 | Comments Off | 1,641 views]
Insufficient preparations for a bioterror catastrophe

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To grasp the threat of bioterrorism — and in recent years, the United States has received strategic warnings of biological weapons use from dozens of government reports and expert panels — you may want to consider this: one recent study from the intelligence community projected that a one- to two-kilogram release of anthrax spores from a crop duster plane could kill more Americans than died in the Second World War. Clean-up and other economic costs could exceed …

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[25 Sep 2009 | Comments Off | 3,402 views]
The state of public health and biodefense

There are two bookends to U.S. concern with bioterror attacks on the United States: the fall 2001 anthrax-by-mail attacks, and the December 2007 report by a blue-ribbon commission, headed by former senators Bob Graham of Florida and Jim Talent of Missouri, asserting that of all the weapons of mass destruction, terrorists would likely use biological weapons against the United States because these weapons are easier to produce and deliver than nuclear weapons, and much deadlier than chemical weapons.
The Bush administration did not wait for the commission’s report to allocate $5 …