4.28.2009

Dear Rick Perry:

A Knoxville, Tennessee news site publishes an open letter to Texas governor Rick Perry regarding his request to the CDC for antiviral medication from the Strategic National Stockpile.
"Not to put too fine a point on it, but the CDC is located in Atlanta, which is in Georgia, not Texas, and is wholly supported by the Federal government. I wonder why, Governor Perry, you are putting out a call for arms to some other state in the Union, when you seem so cocksure of Texans' abilities to deal with Texans' problems."

And about that medication, of which the federal government will release 25% of its stockpile:
"The medications can treat people who are ill and people who are exposed, so they are a good weapon for dealing with whatever might happen," said Dr. Anne Moscona, an infectious-diseases specialist at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. "But I have serious concerns about misuse. There is a danger in using these drugs in a way that encourages the development of drug-resistant viruses."

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