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Are we prepared for an act of bioterrorism?

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​Local public health departments have long experience in responding to infectious disease outbreaks and other local emergencies with public health implications. The USA has made progress and learned important lessons about the challenges of bioterrorism preparedness in the last few years. No matter what threats are posed to the county, the Allegan County Public Health Department is ready to react and adjust to any public health threat.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in conjunction with local, state and federal partners, has developed a number of federal initiatives designed to strengthen state and local preparedness. For example, the Health Alert Network (HAN) is a nationwide, integrated information and communication system serving as a platform for distribution of health alerts, dissemination of prevention guidelines and other information.
 
The National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) is a system designed to rapidly report unusual outbreaks of disease so that trained epidemiologists can investigate them further to determine if there has been a deliberate pathogen release. If such a release has been detected, the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Program ensures the availability and rapid deployment of life-saving pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies and equipment necessary to counter the effects of nerve agents, biological pathogens and chemical agents.

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