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Study: California's public health system unprepared for bioterrorism attacks

A think tank study has concluded that California’s local health systems are not adequately prepared for bioterrorism attacks and major disease outbreaks. The study conducted by the Rand Corp.’s Health Center for Domestic and International Health Security examined the health departments in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Riverside, Imperial, Kern and Del Norte counties, as well as the Berkeley health department, and found that some areas do not have the minimum capabilities to handle such attacks. The report found “widespread variation” among local public health systems in their ability to protect the public from infectious disease outbreaks and other public health threats. “If we were going to have an infectious disease emergency, there are some places I wouldn’t want to live,” said Nicole Lurie, the study’s author. Full Story

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