Mock Bioterrorist Attack At Cal Expo

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, May 17, 2005

During the day-long training exercise, health workers dispensed mock antibiotics to about 1,000 volunteer role-players representing patients exposed to life-threatening chemicals.

“You’re going to be getting doctacilan. The instruction is right here for your medication….”

The county’s Deputy Health Officer Karen Tait says local governments around the country have been doing these kinds of operations since the anthrax incidents in 2001 but Sacramento has never done such a large scale event. “Some of these similar exercises have gone on in other counties so we’re not the first to do it but it is the first time for us.”

She says the training exercise – dubbed Operation Apple Shield – will give them a better handle on their emergency response plan. “The purpose is to test out some of the assumptions we’ve made about our planning process on how this kind of clinic would operate.”

The $30,000 exercise was paid for with money from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.