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9/12/03

Preparing For Biological Attack

Lubbock health officials are preparing for a possible biological attack here.

Government agencies warn bio-terrorism remains a threat to all Americans, but local supplies of vaccinations would not be enough to counter a mass attack. That's why the Department of Homeland Security is creating a national stockpile of vaccines and other medications. The location, however, will be kept secret.

"It has to be a secret and secure site," said Ken Condon of the Lubbock Health Department. "We don't want the bad guys to know where we put our good stuff."

Condon says it will take one year for the stockpile to be put into place. However, this does not mean the stockpile will be placed in Lubbock. It simply means Lubbock would have a source to pull medication from in case of an attack.

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