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|Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.|
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The DHSS Public Health and Environmental Laboratories (PHEL) coordinate the network of sentinel clinical laboratories in
“The ability of our state and sentinel laboratories to quickly detect and identify a biological agent used in a terrorist attack or an emerging infectious disease will often determine the effectiveness of our response,” said DHSS Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D. “This full-scale exercise will help us test the effectiveness of our laboratory network procedures. In the end, it will make us better prepared.”
The exercise will test the state’s laboratory capabilities to detect and identify bioterrorism agents, its internal and external communications capabilities, and procedures in reporting, referring and confirming a suspected bioterrorism agent. Safety and containment plans will also be evaluated through each step of the exercise.
Also participating will be employees from the Department’s Public Health Laboratory Services and Communicable Disease Service, along with hospital laboratories representing five regions in
The drill was designed by the DHSS PHEL in collaboration with the DHSS Division of Health Infrastructure Preparedness and Emergency Response, with funding from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
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