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Health protection: a contemporary issue worldwide
  1. John R Ashton
  1. North West Public Health Team, Department of Health, 18th Floor, Sunley Tower, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester M1 4BE, UK; johnrashton{at}

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    Since September 11th, 2001, public health workers around the world have been finding that their role has extended into what was previously the world of science fiction—bioterrorism, its prevention and responses to it. Here, workers in England and in Hong Kong are involved in preparing for the unthinkable. The price of public health security is eternal vigilance and preparedness.

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