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The Bioterrorism Threat
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, attention has turned to the danger of a massive biological or chemical assault. A series of recent anthrax deaths and exposures show the need for greater preparedness in dealing with an attack. As they confront this threat, experts face numerous questions. Two washingtonpost.com video reports explore the issues surrounding bioterrorism.
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Increasing Preparedness:
As reports of anthrax outbreaks spread from Florida to New York to Washington, the federal government struggled with its own message to assuage public concerns about the possibilities of a massive biological or chemical assault. Around the United States, steps were taken to ensure the safety of a number of different facilities and structures -- including nuclear power plants and the country’s water supply. In an attempt to address many lingering concerns, washingtonpost.com interviewed Dr. Amy Smithson, senior associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center and director of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Project.
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Public Health Concerns:
When the United States was hit with its first anthrax exposures and deaths in decades, the country’s public health system quickly mobilized. Medical personnel have shown some progress in dealing with a previously unforeseen threat, but some have criticized the slow response of the nation’s medical experts. In an effort to address some of the medical issues surrounding anthrax, washingtonpost.com interviewed Dr. Richard Levinson, associate executive director of the American Public Health Association.
Video: Bioterrorism and the Body: Anthrax

Complete Post Coverage of Bioterrorism

Credits: Video produced by Ben de la Cruz and Rhonda Stewart; Design by Alice Kreit; Photo editing by Tom Kennedy; Photo production by David Hicks; Programming by Pierre Kattar; Photos by The Washington Post, AFP and AP.