June 7, 1999: The federal government will construct a network linking hospital labs, government labs, and public health offices that will aid public health officials in diagnosing and tracking unusual patient symptoms that may indicate a biological terrorist attack. Forty-one million dollars in federal funding has been approved for construction of the network, which is expected to be operational by August 1999. [Chicago Sun Times, June 7]
STATES RECEIVE $40 MILLION FOR STRONGER PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS FOR BIOTERRORISM
Within roughly a second of a single lightning flash in Texas, electrons can precipitate out of the Earth's radiation belts onto the upper atmosphere above an area spanning Oklahoma to South Dakota, researchers at Stanford have found.