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Terror response study spurs concern

Large numbers of Americans say they would probably ignore official instructions for how to respond to a terrorist attack involving a radiological dirty bomb or a smallpox attack, according to a new study.Most public health plans created in the three years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks assume that the public would obey instructions to, for example, stay inside whatever shelter they are in during an airborne contamination attack or report to a central place to receive a vaccination shot during a disease outbreak. But the first major survey of likely public behavior in the event of a terrorist attack calls into question that assumption, citing conflicting obligations such as responsibilities to family members and a distrust of official pronouncements. If planners do not adjust to that reality, there could be unnecessary deaths, the study said.Full Story

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