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Report Sees U.S. Anthrax Disaster, Urges Readiness

An anthrax attack on a city the size of New York could leave more than 100,000 dead within days, experts said on Monday in a report calling for stronger government preparations against the threat. A team headed by Lawrence Wein of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business said current plans rely too much on sensors to detect an anthrax attack and not enough on getting drugs and medical workers to an affected area fast. The study projected what would happen if two pounds of anthrax were dropped on a city the size of New York and affected 1.5 million people. The authors said by the time the public lined up for and received medication, 123,000 would have died over a four-day period. “There is still no substitute for getting people antibiotics and medical care as fast as possible,” said Wein, who teamed up with Edward Kaplan of Yale University. Last summer, both men, experts in modeling epidemics, issued a report saying mass vaccination would save thousands more lives in a smallpox attack. Full Story

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