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Public health helps fight terrorism

August 24, 2004

Valdosta - We are approaching the third anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America, and our nation's leaders remain focused on homeland security.

Georgia's Director of Public Health says other states are looking to Georgia as a leader in combating bioterrorism. Dr. Kathleen Toomey says since 9-11, Georgia's Public Health Division has hired new staff, added high-tech equipment and new training methods to help combat terrorists.

"If there's a powder incident as there's been hundreds of times after 9-11, we can take those specimens and test them in a matter of hours not days," said Toomey.

Toomey says public health had a critical role in this summer's G-8 summit on Sea Island. District operation centers were opened in Brunswick, Waycross, and Savannah to ensure public safety.

posted at 5:25 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com

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