Arkansas Ill-Prepared for Bio-Terror Attack

DECEMBER 15, 2004 - Posted at 7:56 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A national review has placed Arkansas in the lower half of states when it comes to bioterrorism preparedness.  But the state Health Department says major improvements in recent months were not considered in the review.

The Trust for America's Health report noted incremental progress across the country but found two-thirds of states including Arkansas scored satisfactorily in six or fewer of the ten measurment categories.

Arkansas Health Department spokesman Bob Alvey said the state has made bio-terror improvements including its new $1 million bioterrorism lab at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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