US plans drugs stockpile to counter bioterrorism threat
- By: Fred Charatan
US public health experts are working with law enforcement, intelligence, and defence agencies to make contingency plans for dealing with a bioterrorist attack.
Federal health officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have said that public health departments, on a local and state level, should be given the chief responsibility for responding in the event of any bioterrorist incident.
In a statement entitled Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response, the CDC says that a strong and flexible public health infrastructure is the best defence against outbreaks of any disease, including a pandemic or terrorist attack. The centres were “exploring new approaches for the rapid identification of unusual events, including diseases of unknown etiology and disease caused by a deliberate release of pathogenic agents by a terrorist or as a weapon of war.”
The CDC says it is working to develop diagnostic tools to detect biological and chemical agents