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$498 million to improve response to bioterror episodes, infectious diseases, and natural disasters HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced $498 million in awards to claims, territories and four major metropolitan areas to strengthen the ability of hospitals and additional health care facilities to react to bioterror episodes, infectious diseases, and natural disasters that may cause mass casualties. ‘These grants are an important addition to national security because hospitals play such a crucial part in identifying and responding to a terrorist assault, an infectious disease outbreak, and organic disasters,’ Secretary Thompson stated Click to see more .