Narrator: This is Science Today. Public health researchers across the nation will be joining forces to battle bioterrorism through a new Center for Infectious Disease Preparedness. The network combines over a dozen public health academic centers, including the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health. Dr. Arthur Reingold, a professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health, says the center is newly funded.Reingold: It's one of 19 academic centers of public health preparedness in the United States - but one of four that's dedicated one hundred percent to infectious disease preparedness.
Narrator: Reingold says the basic idea of the center is to help improve the level of training and preparedness of people working primarily at the local and county health department level in several Western states.
Reingold: I think how prepared we are is a moving target because presumably the level of preparedness is improving as a result of the events of the last year and of course, it's quite variable by region. It also depends in part on prepared for what specific diseases?
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.