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California lags in bioterror preparation

Two independent organizations have rated California poorly on its bioterror readiness, and the man in charge of public health emergencies agrees that California has a long way to go. “I think we’re reasonably prepared for a moderate−scale event,” said state public health officer Richard Jackson, defining “moderate” as involving fewer than 1,000 people. Since 2001, the federal government has sent California public health agencies and hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars to learn to recognize and respond to attacks involving pathogenic microbes. About $100 million has gone to the state Department of Health Services, which apparently has struggled to spend it well. Full Story

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