DOD and FEMA plan bioattack warning system

The Defense Department last month announced it will develop early-warning medical surveillance systems in Washington and Albuquerque, N.M.

DOD will work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, city officials, hospitals and other health care providers to integrate medical data that could identify and contain a biological attack before it spreads.

The system will cull data from hospitals, laboratories, clinics and pharmacies'for example, a spike in sales of flu remedies that would not be expected during summer months.

'During the anthrax incidents last year, there was considerable time delay in just identifying that the illness was anthrax,' said Lt. David Gai, a spokesman for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

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