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Chicago and U.S. Underprepared for Bioterror Attack

Bioterrorism is a subject that most of us, if we know anything, probably know best from 2007 post-apocalyptic science fiction film I Am Legend, starring Will Smith. The movie pits Smith's character as the last man standing against a world full of zombies infected by a man-made plague. And while the plot may seem far-fetched it's based on real threats of global pandemics and the potential for terrorism to take a “biological” form.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama announced an initiative to make the United States better prepared for a bio-terror attack. But just what needs to be done? Tomorrow morning, DePaul University law professor and director of the International Security and BioPolicy Institute Barry Kellman and retired Air Force Major General Charles Tucker Jr. will launch a new project to make Chicago a model for “Urban Bioterror Preparedness.”  They give us a preview.

The event takes place tomorrow morning at 7:30 at the Union League Club in Chicago.

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