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Bush budget beefs up bio-surveillance programs

President Bush’s new budget asks for $274 million to bolster a series of programs aimed at combating the threat of bioterrorism, administration officials said Thursday. The funds are outlined in the president’s 2005 fiscal year budget under a program called the Bio-Surveillance Program Initiative. Officials from the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services said Thursday the program is designed to “protect the nation against bioterrorism and to strengthen the public health infrastructure.” Full Story

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