Not In My Backyard - An essay about moving the Centers for Disease Control away from a highly populated city (Atlanta, Ga)

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Biological warfare causes extreme concern these days. Attacks could happen suddenly and without warning, just like the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Anthrax letters spread through the mail, but luckily authorities caught them in time. But what if the anthrax was on the airplanes that crashed into the Twin Towers? Anthrax would be everywhere, in the smoke, in the air, in the buildings, and most definitely outside on the streets. Now imagine if you were on those streets; you would become easily infected and would spread the deadly virus without knowing it.

Sadly, this can happen tomorrow. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in Atlanta, Georgia has stockpiles of deadly viruses, yet it is only six miles from the state capitol building. If variola has the potential to reach 50 million cases in just fifteen weeks, just imagine what would happen if the CDC was hit with a terrorist attack (Preston 58).

So why house these deadly viruses in a large city if an attack would be devastating? The CDC should relocate to a more isolated and less populated area.

The CDC houses many stocks of category A agents, such as anthrax, smallpox, ebola, and plague. Category A agents have both a high potential for adverse public health impact and a serious potential for large-scale dissemination.(Logical Images) One would not think that the prime hosting place for these agents would be near an extremely populated city with magnificent international relations, but unfortunately, it is true. The CDC is close to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where 57 percent of all passengers do not stay in Atlanta, but go on connection flights elsewhere. Therefore, the virus could spread even more rapidly if the airport is not shut down in time.

The CDC asserts that the security...