BioWatch and Public Health Surveillance: Evaluating Systems for the Early Detection of Biological Threats—Abbreviated Version, Summary (2009)
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax letters, the ability to detect biological threats as quickly as possible became a top priority. In 2003 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced the BioWatch program, a federal monitoring system intended to speed detection of specific biological agents that could be released in aerosolized form during a biological attack.
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