Smallpox Drill Is Staged to Address Preparedness

From Times Wire Reports

Top aides to President Bush looked at ways they might deal with a possible smallpox attack, a drill that included reviewing some lessons from the response to Hurricane Katrina.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said there was no evidence a smallpox attack was imminent. The drill was one in a series of exercises the administration is holding to look at preparedness for potential public-health disasters. Officials held a similar drill in December on pandemic flu.