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    Post Tucson Bioterrorism Exercise

    FYI Arizona members

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Hundreds of volunteers will pretend to be
    victims of bioterrorism this week in a large-scale drill focusing
    on the dispensing of antibiotics and vaccines.
    The three-day training exercise and conference will test the
    abilities of local, state and federal agencies to respond to a
    widespread assault involving a bioterror agent. In particular, it
    will test the distribution of medications from the National
    Pharmaceutical Stockpile.
    "How well are we prepared?" said Dr. Elizabeth MacNeill, the
    health director for Pima County. "How well did we train our staff
    and the folks working with us, and what do we need to do
    differently? The other thing is how many people can we see in what
    period of time?"
    A key will be to "get all the players to work in the same
    sandbox," said Randall Ogden, a Tucson Fire Department battalion
    chief and one of the exercise's principal organizers.
    He expects the exercise to expose weaknesses in areas such as
    communication and in transporting people.
    The exercise will be watched by hundreds of observers, led by
    Surgeon General Richard Carmona and Justice Department evaluators.
    Carmona, a former Tucson trauma doctor, helped develop the Pima
    County emergency response plan that is being tested.
    After the mock attack planned for Wednesday, Pima County
    supervisors will declare an emergency and ask Gov. Jane Hull to
    request an aid package from the national stockpile.
    A 6-ton training package of equipment and mock medications from
    the stockpile will be shipped from one of 10 secure sites around
    the country to the Arizona Air National Guard, and local health
    officials will use the contents to "immunize" about 1,000
    volunteers acting as people exposed in a bioterror attack.
    In a real attack, the package would be a 50-ton emergency supply
    called a "push package" containing antibiotics, antidotes,
    vaccines, syringes and other supplies. It would be delivered within
    12 hours of the attack and is intended to last two or three days
    until other federal help arrives.
    A related exercise Thursday in Mesa will involve real
    inoculations against tetanus administered to up to 5,000 high
    school students.
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    On the Net:
    Public Health Emergency Preparedness:
    http://www.bt.cdc.gov/index.asp
    Tucson Bioterrorism Exercise:
    http://www.cityoftucson.org/hottopic...rpractice.html
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    Post Drills in progress

    Thousands get shots as part of drill

    (Mesa-AP) -- This is only a test, but the anxiety was real.
    Some students squirmed, squealed and even fainted as nurses and
    paramedics administered tetanus shots to more than three-thousand
    teens today at six high schools in Mesa.
    The mass inoculations are part of practicing controlled chaos in
    the event of a terrorist attack.
    Deputy Mesa Fire Chief Mary Camelli says the students were
    treated as if they were being inoculated with an antidote after a
    terrorist attack.
    Later, more than 200 Mesa volunteers posed as anthrax victims.
    Each was evaluated by a pharmacist or other health worker.
    They determined what medications were appropriate for each
    patient.
    Volunteers presented their medical histories and were given
    empty pill bottles from a National Pharmaceutical Stockpile
    emergency training package delivered by a secure helicopter from
    Tucson.
    The same type of exercise will be attempted tomorrow in Tucson
    involving one-thousand volunteers playing victims.


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