Public health training set for 25 local agencies

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A large-scale public health training is intended to test the response to a bioterrorism event by 25 local health departments in Middlesex and New Haven counties.

The exercise is set for 10 a.m. to noon April 14 at John Winthrop Middle School in Deep River, involving about 70 public health department staff and medical volunteers.

The drill is intended to test what works well and what doesn't and share lessons with communities.

The Day reports (http://bit.ly/1jRgPHA ) that about 50 volunteers will play the part of members of the public needing antibiotics to counteract an anthrax release.

Participating towns are Branford, Chester, Deep River, Essex, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

Officials will set up dispensing sites to test the ability to give the proper medication to the public based on basic medical screening.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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