Missouri county holds bioterrorism drill

Health officials in St. Charles County, Missouri, conducted a bioterrorism drill on Thursday that gave local responders an opportunity to dispense drugs in response to a simulated anthrax attack.

Approximately 12 health departments from the St. Louis metropolitan area participated in the simulation and were struck by temperatures that approached 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The drill was scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. but was simplified to get people through the drive-through station more rapidly, StlToday.com reports.

At least one person waiting to receive a fake pill bottle that would have held medicine during a real attack was treated for heat-related symptoms by paramedics. Multiple workers participating in the drill also felt sick as a result of the heat.

In an effort to attract the largest crowd possible, drill officials gave out free Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches to the first 500 people who arrived.

The simulation was held in the parking lot of the Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters.

Kathy Wilkinson, a St. Peters resident, said she read about the drill in the newspaper and decided to volunteer. It took her approximately 45 minutes to get to the end of the line.

"It's a shame this happened on such a hot day, but you never know when terrorism is going to strike," Wilkinson said, according to StlToday.com.