Two-day training session simulates pneumonic plague attack

GENEVA – Members of U.S. humanitarian aid groups learned how to deter biological terrorist attacks during a recent two-day training session in Montreux, Switzerland.

The Red Cross and other groups, including the UN’s World Food Program and the World Health Organization, participated in the International Bioterrorism Response Coordination Exercise (Black ICE II).

The training, featuring an attack scenario involving pneumonic plague, was designed to facilitate the international cooperation of health, security, transportation and law enforcement sectors.

Pneumonic plague is almost invariably fatal, unless the infection is treated quickly.

Representatives of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the Organization of the American States, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe also participated in the training session.