with regularly. A major mission of public health departments is prompt identification and suppression of infectious disease outbreaks, and poison control centers deal with poisonings from both chemical and biological sources on a daily basis. The committee feels very strongly that it is important to make these existing mechanisms the focus of efforts to improve the response of the medical community to additional, albeit very dangerous, toxic or infections materials.
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