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Region Unable to Counter Biological Hit, Study Says

December 18, 2004
by Marc Santora
New York Times

States in the New York metropolitan region are still falling far short of being able to respond effectively to a biological attack or other large-scale public health emergency, according to a study by a nonpartisan public health organization... ..."People got spooked with the flu vaccine shortage and the incredibly long lines," said Dr. Shelley A. Hearne, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit group based in Washington. "If that is going on with just a plain old flu shot, can you imagine if this was a major public health crisis? We are not ready."

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