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.