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Report: N.J. not staffed to handle a crisis

September 1, 2011
by Salvador Rizzo
Newark Star Ledger

When public health officials were caught off-guard by the twin crises of the terror attacks on 9/11 and anthrax attacks soon after that, they had to improvise with severely outdated lab equipment and a shortage of manpower.

Today, health departments are faster on their feet because of cutting-edge technology, better-trained staffs and a closer relationship with national security agencies. But they would still be short-staffed in a catastrophe, according to a report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health.

 

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