Event Date/Time: Aug 24, 2005 End Date/Time: Aug 25, 2005
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The development of effective and reliable methods to defend the nation against biological terrorism remains an urgent challenge. Real-time reporting systems are needed that can rapidly detect, identify, and locate any known threat agent, providing early warning and preventing widespread exposure to the public. Accomplishing this goal will require the development of highly integrated monitoring systems that incorporate collection, detection, characterization, and analysis. Effective preparedness must also include advanced therapeutics for prophylactic protection, early diagnosis, and post-exposure treatment.