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Safeguarding the public's health, safety, and security took on new meaning and urgency after the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001. On October 4, 2001, a Florida man named Robert Stevens was diagnosed with inhalational anthrax. The intentional dispersal of anthrax through the U.S. postal system in New York, Washington, Pennsylvania and other locations resulted in at least five deaths, hundreds treated, and thousands tested. The prospects of new, larger, and more sophisticated attacks have created a sense of deep vulnerability. The need to rapidly detect and react to bioterrorism, as well as naturally occurring infectious diseases, has never been greater.

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90 Ky. L.J. 791-809 (2002)