Saturday, August 2, 2014

City will participate in massive drill Friday to prepare against possible anthrax attack

The emergency response drill will be the largest one the city has every attempted. It will involve 1,500 staffers from a dozen city agencies. Preparing for the possibility of a biological attack, the workers will respond to calls starting at 5:30 a.m. and scramble to set up 30 sites around the five boroughs, handing out drugs to combat the deadly agent.













This is a microscopic picture of spores and vegetative cells of Bacillus anthracis, which causes anthrax. The city will perform a massive drill Friday to prepare for an anthrax attack. 

This is a microscopic picture of spores and vegetative cells of Bacillus anthracis, which causes anthrax. The city will perform a massive drill Friday to prepare for an anthrax attack.
 
A massive anthrax attack will hit the city Friday — or at least that’s what 1,500 staffers from a dozen city agencies will hear first thing in the morning, setting off the biggest surprise emergency response drill the city has ever attempted.

Preparing for the possibility of a biological attack, the workers — aware they’re participating in a drill — will respond to calls starting at 5:30 a.m. and scramble to set up 30 sites around the five boroughs, handing out drugs to combat the deadly agent.

“We’re exercising a worst-case scenario,” said Dr. Oxiris Barbot, first deputy commissioner at the Health Department. “Whether it’s a released biological agent or whether it’s a naturally occurring disease epidemic, we want to make sure every New Yorker has access to life-saving medications.”

The city will simulate a scenario where anthrax is released in a crowded area, and people exposed to it disperse to their homes and jobs, potentially spreading contamination city-wide.

Fake doses of antibiotics cipro and doxycycline will be rushed in under NYPD escort from warehouses at secret locations in the region.

For the rest of the story: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/anthrax-attack-drill-disaster-city-article-1.1888068#ixzz399AKC9gr

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