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Anthrax, Food Poisons Still No. 1 Threats -Experts

Anthrax is still the main biological threat facing the United States, and poisons put into the food supply run a very close second, officials said on Thursday. They said the United States remains vulnerable to a range of attacks but is moving to patch many holes. “I still believe that anthrax is the greatest threat agent that we have,” said Jerome Hauer, an assistant secretary for Health and Emergency Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “We don’t have enough vaccine against anthrax at this time,” he told a conference on weapons of mass destruction organized by consulting firm E.J. Krause & Associates. The United States is in the process of vaccinating up to a million troops and health and emergency workers against smallpox, but Hauer said the window of opportunity for treating anthrax victims is smaller than for smallpox. “With anthrax, the detectors are humans,” he added. Full Story

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