Ventura County Not Prepared for Bioterrorist Attack, Plan Finds
Ventura County lacks the stockpile of vaccines and antibiotics and the ability to detect the spread of disease required to address a large-scale bioterrorist attack, according to the county Bioterrorism Preparedness Work Plan, the Ventura County Star reports. According to the plan, which county supervisors considered yesterday, the county should:
- Address communication problems, such as language barriers and the failure to report diseases, between physicians, hospitals and the public.
- Develop a plan to store and distribute the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile;
- Improve laboratories to reduce the time required for test results and to protect samples from contamination;
- Revise laws to provide health officials with more authority in the event of a bioterrorist attack; and
- Increase the number of mental health counselors available to help the Red Cross in the event of a bioterrorist attack.