St. Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy   |  June 9, 2010

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Over the past decade, the United States has faced an array of largescale public health threats. The events of September 11, 2001, quickly followed by the anthrax mailings, exposed the country’s vulnerability to physical and biological terrorist attacks.1 Global outbreaks of various life threatening infectious diseases, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the West Nile Virus, and pandemic influenza have not only taken lives, but have also significantly affected political and economic systems on a national and international scale.

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