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Public Safety Workers Get Drilled In Disease Outbreak

Emergency workers and administrators from eight counties learned about what to do in case of an unexpected outbreak of an infectious disease in animal population in a federally-funded drill held in Dunn last Thursday. About 150 representatives from law enforcement, rescue, emergency management, health departments and agriculture agencies showed up at the Dunn Community Center to get facts on the avian flu and how to handle a possible outbreak in eastern North Carolina. The event was sponsored by Johnston County, received a $70,000 federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security for a three-phase bioterrorism/ disease outbreak drill. Participants came away with a better understanding of disease-associated threats or outbreaks and coordination with various public safety agencies. Full Story

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