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St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Health and U.S. postal workers responded to a fictional airborne anthrax attack in the Twin Cities this weekend. The scenario is designed to prepare officials for a biological terror attack.
Officials called the test a success. "Operation Medicine Delivery" was the first full-scale test of a strategy for distributing medicine in the event of an epidemic or large-scale anthrax attack. About 300 mail carriers on Sunday delivered empty pill bottles to thousands of homes in parts of St. Paul, north Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Golden Valley.
"I don't think it's too early to say it was largely successful," said Department of Health spokesman Buddy Ferguson. "But it's going to take time to measure the degree of success and determine what limits there are to this particular way of getting medicine to people." Ferguson said in a real biological attack, the people distributing medication would be among the first to get the antibiotics. And he said home delivery would be one of many distribution methods.
Originally posted by RealSpoke
There is nothing wrong with being prepared for a disaster.