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Lawmakers Urge Bioterror, Disease Surveillance Law

Bush Administration officials told Congress Monday that they are well on their way to creating a national disease reporting system that will help them quickly identify outbreaks like SARS or bioterror attacks in all 50 states. But lawmakers from both parties expressed skepticism that the system is developing rapidly enough or that it can be built without specific direction from Washington. Officials said that the administration is moving toward a computerized national system that state and local health departments can use to report disease outbreaks to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The agency is working to try to come up with uniform standards so that all states can report potential bioterror attacks or dangerous natural disease to federal authorities within hours, administration officials said. Full Story

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