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ERs get bioterrorism software

Program lets doctors detect deadly diseases. A computer program designed to immediately identify victims of bioterrorism has been installed in 17 hospitals throughout the state, health officials said. The $400,000 software will be used by emergency room doctors to help identify questionable skin rashes that could lead to potential fatal diseases, such as smallpox and tularemia, said Jim Craig, director of Health Protection with the state Department of Health. The software —Visual Dx — is part of the state’s emergency preparedness plan to shield Mississippians against terrorism, Craig said. Mississippi is the first state to implement the program into its preparedness plan. The program is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Full Story

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