Connecticut health officials host anthrax outbreak simulation

Health officials in Connecticut joined forces on Tuesday to participate in a drill that tested their response in the event of an anthrax outbreak.

Members from their respective health departments practiced how they would deal with a crisis with time at a premium, setting up a point of distribution center for families to come for information and organizing medicine to be delivered to those in need, reports.

"The purpose of the drill is to get medication to people within 48 hours of exposure to anthrax,” Dennis Johnson, the Guilford Health Director, said, according to “They have 48 hours to be treated before symptoms of the disease start to develop."

Those infected with cutaneous anthrax have reported case fatality rates of 20 percent without antibiotic treatment and less than one percent with it, according to the CDC.

Participants in the drill had access to computers, maps, medicine and personnel, and were then trained on how to implement them quickly and effectively during the day long simulation that took place at the Guilford Health Center, says.

Town officials, including the East Haven mayor, also took part in the realistic drill that spanned state-wide response actions, reports.

The drill took place nearly 10 years after a Connecticut woman died as the result of the anthrax outbreak that infiltrated the mailing system.