12:55 19 Apr 2003
This WaPo story recounts the events of what was probably the first US case of SARS. Buried in the middle is this nugget:
Health officials have credited bioterrorism preparation and the swift response of hospital staff and Loudoun County authorities with helping to prevent the woman’s infection from spreading.
Medical professionals in Loudoun had already mobilized twice over the past year and a half to confront a succession of strange medical problems, including a rare outbreak of malaria and an anthrax attack, and they isolated the woman after she arrived in the emergency room with an unknown lung infection.
Now, I’ll be among the first to say that, 19 months after 9/11, we are WOEFULLY unprepared for a major terrorist attack of any kind. But it’s nice to see that something has helped in some way.