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Emergency units handle bio-hazard test

Officials pleased with results of annual drill. Galesburg’s emergency response agencies worked together Wednesday during a yearly emergency drill to test readiness. The year’s drill to challenge members of the police and fire department, Galesburg Cottage Hospital and OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg Hospitals Ambulance Service and Knox County Health Department was a simulated anthrax attack at Silas Willard Elementary School. Hospital officials were alerted when they noticed several people with flu-like symptoms in their emergency rooms. All of the victims had attended an event at Silas Willard on Sunday, David Adcock, a spokesman for St. Mary’s said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. He said the school was searched and biological material was found in the sprinkler system. As the news conference ended, Adcock dropped the scenario, saying, “That is what we actually would have done.” The news conference marked the end of the drill. Full Story

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