How The CDC Went On Terrorism Alert

On the morning of Sept. 11, as the world watched the Pentagon burn and the Twin Towers crumble like pillars of salt, something unnoticed was happening in Atlanta.

Within hours of the terrorist attacks, all 1,600 employees at the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control--which holds America's last store of smallpox--were evacuated from their offices while the agency's emergency bioterrorism teams were mobilized. Five teams of doctors, nurses and EMTs, including 35 epidemiologists, went to New York City to hunt for strange outbreaks of disease, a sign of a possible biological attack. Within seven hours, 50 tons of medical supplies...

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