America not ready for a bioterror attack: Experts

by Robert King,  Washington Examiner

A mistaken shipment of live anthrax may be the tip of the iceberg, as a panel of experts found the U.S. is not prepared for a large-scale chemical attack.

Preliminary findings from a blue ribbon panel studying biodefense show the U.S. doesn’t have the proper infrastructure to prevent or address a bioterror, whether it be through chemical weapons or a pandemic such as the flu. Preparation for chemical attacks has been at the forefront recently after the Department of Defense admitted to shipping active anthrax to labs in 13 states and three countries.

The threat of a chemical attack is in some ways greater now than previously because “the science to synthesize these pathogens and weaponize them is becoming more sophisticated,” Jim Greenwood, a member of the panel, told the Washington Examiner. Read the entire story.



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