Report: Rural America is vulnerable

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Rural America is vulnerable to bioterrorism according to a new report, “Preparing for Public Health Emergencies: Meeting the Challenges in Rural America.” The report states “the myth that all terrorism is created equal leads to misguided and misdirected resources.” It also concludes that agroterrorism demonstrates the fragility of America’s food chain.

Harvard’s School of Public Health prepared the study, which challenges the idea that most of the homeland security funds should be provided to urban areas. It states, “rivers and roads flow from state to state and hazmat corridors are long, remote and difficult to secure. One cow can paralyze the entire beef industry.” The study includes a survey of 26 state-preparedness directors, conducted by Harvard researchers and officials for Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services.

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