Bioterror Prep

Poring over its response to the Ebola outbreak, the US government hopes to glean lessons to prepare for a bioterrorist attack.

“We can identify weaknesses in our response and even if it wasn’t terrorism, it presses the system at the same level,” said Arizona Rep. Martha McSally, chairs of a House subcommittee examining bioterror threats.

The biggest failures in the response to Ebola in the US they’ve pegged so far? The US is ill-prepared to confront the 15 potential biological agents that could be released in an attack, McSally said, emphasizing one big lesson from the Ebola response: Effective communication isn’t optional the next time.

Foreign Policy

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