Emergency preparedness drill held Friday at Pitt County Health Department

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Friday, there was an emergency preparedness exercise at the Pitt County Health Department.

The scenario was a Hepatitis A outbreak at a local restaurant.

It is a disease passed through contaminated food, usually uncooked.

They practiced dispensing vaccines in the event of a real-life disease outbreak.

Kathy Sheppard with the health department said it is important to be prepared for anything.

“The health department is ready to respond that we can set up a point of dispensing which is what we have today, a POD, in a relatively short amount of time,” Sheppard said. “We can get our staff organized and we can be ready to respond and help the public.”

Today’s event was a multi-agency effort.

The health department plans to hold simulations like this yearly moving forward.

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