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Friday, 26 April 2019 14:56

Jerome County, Idaho, Holds Anthrax Attack Simulation Exercise

(TNS) — Teenagers and adults lined up in the Jerome High School gym, ready to receive medication, while police stood guard outside.

The exercise was part of a four-day simulation, organized by the South Central Public Health District and Jerome County Office of Emergency Management, to prepare for a potential anthrax or other bioterrorism attack. The exercise coincided with similar exercises in Idaho’s six other public health districts.

The South Central Public Health District holds large-scale simulations every few years, district director Melody Bowyer said, and smaller exercises annually.

“One of our very important missions for public health is to protect and prepare the community for a real health threat,” such as a disease outbreak, natural disaster or bioterrorism attack, Bowyer said.