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Volunteers sought for bioterrorism drill

More than 1,000 people are expected to participate in a massive bioterrorism drill April 7 in Burlington County and volunteers are needed to help make it a success. The county health coordinator Robert Gogats presented the plan Wednesday to the county board of freeholders for a drill in Pemberton Township. The aim, he said, is to test and improve local, state and federal response to bioterrorism and protect county residents from chemical agents or diseases such as the plague or smallpox that could be introduced by terrorists. The specific goal of the three-hour drill at Burlington County College will be to distribute placebo medication to 1,500 people at a rate of 500 per hour. The ultimate goal, he said, is to devise a system to protect the public with the ability to disburse antibiotics or other medication to the county’s 440,000 residents in four days at up to 27 locations. Full Story

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