Monday, June 25, 2007

Bioterrorism Presentation

Dr. Drew Richardson spoke on the threat of bioterrorism at last week's RCDC meeting, held on Thursday, June 2st. Dr. Richardson, who now lives in Augusta County, provided a very informative presentation on the possible ways terrorists could use bio-chemical means to attack us, from poisoning food supplies to broadcasting an airborne infectious disease.

Bottom line: our current centralized methods of agriculture and densely populated urban areas, coupled with what we know of their activities in this field, make us vulnerable. Not a comforting thought. He added that our 'military adventurism' in Iraq is taking vital resources away from this critical threat, which poses a much higher risk to our security. Dr. Richardson is a former FBI Special Agent who headed up the FBI Laboratory chemical and biological response team.

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