President Bush's 2005 budget request includes $274 million for a comprehensive biosurveillance initiative that would integrate existing programs. The money would be used to enhance and integrate ongoing surveillance programs; hospital, state and local preparedness efforts; vaccine research and procurement; food and agriculture safety; and environmental monitoring. Some $130 million of the money would go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve connections between public health laboratories and border health and quarantine stations. -- by Julie Piotrowski
Bush budget would fund broad biosurveillance effort
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