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Jul 09, 2002

Jul 09, 2002

Public health groups see fragmentation in Homeland Security Department plan

July 9, 2002 (CIDRAP News) - Several national public health organizations are urging Congress and the Bush administration not to shift federal bioterrorism preparedness programs from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the proposed Department of Homeland Security.

Jul 10, 2002

Jul 10, 2002

Scope of smallpox vaccination program not yet decided, HHS officials say

(CIDRAP News) – Though two top federal health officials recently were quoted as saying that half a million healthcare workers may be vaccinated against smallpox, the official word from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is that the scope of the vaccination program has not yet been decided.

Jul 15, 2002

Jul 15, 2002

Study says mass vaccination far better than targeted response in smallpox attack

Note: This article was updated on Jul 16, 2002, with comments from a senior health economist at CDC on the study discussed.

Jul 17, 2002

Jul 17, 2002

Homeland security strategy report calls for numerous biodefense initiatives

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush's National Strategy for Homeland Security, released this week, lays out a lengthy agenda for defending the country against bioterrorism as well as other kinds of terrorist attacks.

Jul 22, 2002

Jul 22, 2002

House backs keeping HHS in charge of bioterrorism preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The House of Representatives' version of a bill to set up a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would keep the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in control of public health programs for dealing with bioterrorism, according to an official of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Jul 25, 2002

Jul 25, 2002

Wyoming health official named head of USDA food safety agency

(CIDRAP News) – Garry L. McKee, PhD, MPH, director of the Wyoming Department of Health, has been named administrator of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Aug 26, 2002

Aug 26, 2002

HHS lists members of Council on Public Health Preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has named the 21 members of his Council on Public Health Preparedness, which will advise HHS on dealing with public health emergencies, including bioterrorism.

Aug 29, 2002

Aug 29, 2002

CDC touts improvements in terrorism-response capability over past year

(CIDRAP News) Ð The Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention (CDC) is much better prepared to deal with a terroristattack now than it was a year ago, before Sep 11 and the subsequent anthraxattacks, CDC officials said this week.

Sep 10, 2002

Sep 10, 2002

Value of 'syndromic surveillance' for bioterrorism unclear from post-Sep 11 experience

(CIDRAP News) – After the Sep 11 attacks in New York City, health officials quickly launched a program of syndromic surveillance—the classification and counting of emergency department cases according to whether or not they initially looked like a disease potentially caused by bioterrorism. The goal was to provide an early warning of any biological attack.

Sep 18, 2002

Sep 18, 2002

Public health group gives nation mixed grades for preparedness efforts

(CIDRAP News) – The United States deserves good marks for its efforts to improve core aspects of public health preparedness in the past year, but the nation performed generally poorly in international aid and cooperation to reduce threats to public health, according to the American Public Health Association (APHA).

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