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October 2, 2002

Albany - South Georgia may be the perfect target for terrorists. Common sense tells us that terrorists attack larger, high profile cities or buildings.

District Health Director Dr. Paul Newell spoke at the Rural Georgia Health Summit at Darton College today. He says terrorists may assume rural areas, like Southwest Georgia, aren't ready for the attack and view them as easy prey.

"We must prepare ourselves for the worst, just like Atlanta and larger cities. If we are trained to handle bioterrorism, lives will be saved," said Dr. Newell.

Newell also says the key to handling bioterrorism is quickly spotting an outbreak of an uncommon illness and notifying surrounding areas of that outbreak.

Posted at 4:13 PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com