North Carolina gets $3M for bioterror warning system

Elizabeth Dorton Contributor

North Carolina’s early warning system for bio threats nabbed a $3 million cash infusion this week.

U.S. Rep. David Price, a Chapel Hill Democrat and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the North Carolina Bio-Preparedness Collaborative (NCB-Prepared) had netted the additional funding from the Department of Homeland Security.

The project, spearheaded by local universities and private businesses, is developing what it hopes will be an innovative bio-threat early warning system. The goal is to establish a statewide model for a national bio-preparedness system capable of detecting and alerting health officials and emergency responders within hours of symptom outbreaks that could indicate a bioterror attack, contagious disease, food-borne illness or other public safety threat.

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