Terror Fears Bring New Health Funding Priorities, Budget Gaps into Question

| July 2003

Spurred by Bush administration warnings against biological and nuclear terrorism -- and by more than $1 billion in federal preparedness funding -- health agencies around the country are vaccinating staff against smallpox, upgrading labs to test for anthrax, stockpiling radiation antidotes and augmenting communication networks.

Some health agencies say the new funds -- provided by the 2003 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill -- can be put to "dual use," simultaneously fighting terrorism and shoring up a crumbling public health infrastructure.

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