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Lance Gable

In: Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy

Chapter 28: Emergency Preparedness: Bioterrorism, Armed Conflict, Natural Disasters, and Other Public Health Threats (2000s–Present)

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Emergency Preparedness: Bioterrorism, Armed Conflict, Natural Disasters, and Other Public Health Threats (2000s–Present)
Emergency preparedness: Bioterrorism, armed conflict, natural disasters, and other public health threats (2000s–present)
LanceGable

The events of the first dozen years of the twenty-first century have reaffirmed the long-standing reality that emergencies and disasters can arise suddenly to threaten the health, well-being, and security of people in the United States and throughout the world. Sudden and extraordinary threats to life and health—whether arising from infectious diseases, natural disasters, bioterrorism, armed conflict, environmental contamination, or other circumstances—have repeatedly challenged our communities, institutions, and governments.

The significant public health emergencies of the past fifteen years have spurred a substantial expansion and reorganization of laws, policies, and institutions related to emergency preparedness at all levels of government and ...

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