This Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report assesses "State and local health departments' capacity to detect and respond to a bioterrorism event. [...] The findings in this report show that our public health infrastructure has left us under-prepared to detect and respond to bioterrorism. Not all State and local health departments have sufficient staff, surveillance systems, technology, or laboratory capacity to quickly and accurately identify an attack. Some also lack the plans, partnerships, or authorities to adequately respond. Since the anthrax attacks in the Fall of 2001, health departments have started to reassess their preparedness and the Federal government has substantially increased funding to rebuild public health infrastructures. Based on these findings, we conclude that further work is needed at the Federal, State, and local levels to ensure that our countrys public health system is fully prepared to respond to bioterrorism."
Department of Health and Human Service, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OEI-02-01-00550
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