HHS awards $849 million for bioterror preparedness

The Health and Human Service Department announced an additional $849 million in awards to states and four major metropolitan areas to strengthen the ability of government and public health agencies to respond to bioterror attacks and other emergencies.

The improvements will focus on communication and coordination between hospitals and local and state health departments, and their laboratories, and bolstering epidemiology and disease surveillance in state and local areas by increasing the number of people trained in emergency response.

HHS' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will distribute the federal funds to enhance the capabilities of public health departments in states and New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles County and Washington, D.C. The funding is in addition to $498 million released earlier this month by HHS' Health Resources Services Agency to strengthen the response capability of hospitals.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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