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Pa. hospitals get software to ID bioterror agents

early four dozen Pennsylvania hospitals are receiving a tool that will allow doctors and first responders to more quickly identify public exposure to bioterrorism agents from anthrax to smallpox. he tool — already in use at hospitals in New York, Washington and elsewhere — is a database that has more than 10,000 medical photographs of nearly 600 diseases that are manifested on the skin. Forty-five hospitals in Pennsylvania have received the disease identification systems with a $700,000 federal preparedness grant, Health Department spokesman Troy Thompson said. If it proves successful in the 45 hospitals, the state hopes to roll it out to nearly 200 hospitals in Pennsylvania, he said. Full Story

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