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Exercise focuses on anthrax procedures

A Franklin school will be turned into a treatment center this week, where health department employees will practice how to respond to a local disaster or pandemic.

Employees will gather from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Franklin Community Middle School. Students will serve as patients needing to get medication from the center.

The group will pretend that anthrax has spread in Johnson County. The infectious disease is killing off residents, and the health department has been called in to help. Workers will set up the center and then practice how to gather people’s information and distribute medicine to defend against the disease as quickly as possible.

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