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HHS Awards $849 Million to Improve Public Health Preparedness

6/17/2004 11:34:00 AM


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To: National Desk

Contact: CDC Press Office, 404-639-3286

WASHINGTON, June 17 /U.S. Newswire/ -- HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced an additional $849 million in awards to states, territories, and four major metropolitan areas to strengthen the ability of government and public health agencies to respond to bioterror attacks, infectious diseases and natural disasters.

"This funding is a critical component to our national security," Secretary Thompson said. "Our state and local public health system is the first line of defense when it comes to detection, reporting and containing a terrorist attack, an infectious disease outbreak or any other public health emergency."

This funding is in addition to $498 million released earlier this month by HHS' Health Resources Services Agency to strengthen hospitals and improve overall response capability. All totaled since Sept. 11, 2001, HHS has invested more than $3.7 billion in strengthening the nation's public health infrastructure.

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