A simulated outbreak of terrorist-spewn smallpox at the California State Fair gave Nevada County officials a two-day lesson this week in their abilities to respond to terrorism. Those involved in the drill were pleased to learn there are measures in place locally to deal with a disaster of almost any kind. But they also found glitches in a system that would have to work smoothly should a major terror attack happen close by. This week’s mock attack began Thursday with a phone call to Dr. Sheldon Minkin, Nevada County’s health officer. As part of the drill, the California Department of Health reported the FBI had confirmed six cases of smallpox from the fair and needed the county to activate its bioterrorism response plan. Full Story
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