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Specific R&D Needs:

Computer software for rapid reporting of unusual medical symptomology to public-health authorities and linking that data to both toxicological information and models of agent dispersion.

Examination and field-testing of current and proposed atmospheric-dispersion models to determine which would be most suitable for the emergency management community.

Models of other possible vectors of dispersion (e.g., water, food, and transportation).

Customizable simulation software to provide interactive training for all personnel involved in management of chemical or biological terrorism incidents.

Information on the chemical, physical, and toxicological properties of the chemical and biological agents, in order to improve modeling of their environmental transport and fate and to better support recommendations on decontamination and reoccupation of affected property.

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