Magazine article Security Management

Vulnerabilities Remain for Bioterror Threat

Magazine article Security Management

Vulnerabilities Remain for Bioterror Threat

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"Over one-quarter of states do not have sufficient bioterrorism laboratory response capabilities," says the third annual study of the U.S. public health and emergency response capabilities by the Trust for America's Health. The report brings to light several deficiencies in the public health sector and evaluates states' abilities to respond to and mitigate the effects of a natural disaster or terrorist incident.

Each state and the District of Columbia were evaluated against 10 key indicators to determine their level of all-hazards preparedness. The indicators were determined by an advisory committee of subject matter experts; they measure the states' emergency planning and available resources.

States were assigned a ranking from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest possible score. The study found that more than half of the states received a score of 5 or less and nearly 85 percent scored 6 or less. Only three states, Delaware, South Carolina, and Virginia, scored 8 points or more. The District of Columbia, which is widely viewed as a prime target for terrorism, scored only a 4.

The study also found that only seven states and two cities have a strategic national stockpile to administer and distribute vaccines and antidotes in the event of an emergency. …

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