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County tests its terror preparedness with smallpox

A simulated outbreak of terrorist−spewn smallpox at the California State Fair last week gave Nevada County officials a lesson in their abilities to respond to terrorism. The mock attack began Thursday, January 20, with the California Department of Health reporting that the FBI had confirmed six cases of smallpox from the fair and needed the county to activate its bioterrorism response plan. County officials and emergency workers began setting up four clinics around the county for immunizations. “When you run the clinic, you look for bottlenecks,” said Rich Reader, the county’s manger of general services. “We needed more registered nurses to screen for the virus.” Full Story

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