Monmouth Park Racetrack becomes site of mass clinic at bio-terror response drill

(10/02/04) MONMOUTH COUNTY - For the past few days, the New Jersey State Health Department has held a full-scale bio-terror attack preparedness training exercise in several counties throughout New Jersey. Because of the scale of the emergency drill codenamed "Operation Scarlet Pestilence," the Monmouth Park Racetrack was the recent site of a mass clinic for a mock bio-terror disaster.

The Centers for Disease Control maintains a stockpile of medical supplies in the event of a possible infectious disease outbreak or bio-terror attack. The mock clinic at the racetrack is where the national stockpile of supplies would be administered.

The strategic national stockpile consists of medicine, hospital supplies and equipment that may be used to help local agencies during a public health emergency.

Hundreds of public health workers and volunteers from more than 20 agencies sharpened their skills and prepared for the worst at the drill.

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