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Suppose there were an anthrax attack, and suppose you had antibiotics...

Such is the scenario recently presented to a national sample of Americans by Harvard University researchers ....

First, respondents were told to imagine that some residents of their town had become ill from what was believed to be inhalation anthrax, that some had died, and that many more likely had been exposed.

Understandably, 83% said they would be very or somewhat worried that they could become seriously ill or die.

Then respondents were told to imagine that health officials were offering free antibiotics to all, that the antibiotics needed to be taken within 48 hours by those truly exposed, and that the drugs would be available at a site only 20 minutes away.

Understandably again, 89% said they would be very or somewhat likely to get themselves to a dispensing site.

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