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Health Department runs drill to test response in case of anthrax

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - In the event that the area might ever experience an Anthrax outbreak, the Oneida County Health Department is taking steps to make sure they're ready, including a preparedness drill held on Monday.

Dozens of volunteers and county employees participated in a distribution exercise at SUNYIT, with the goal of the drill to test how long it would take to dispense antibiotics to victims.

"We never know when a situation is going to arise and certainly the county has to be in a position to respond to an emergency should it arise," said Health Department Spokesman Ken Fanelli.

Fifty people were treated in roughly 15 minutes.

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