- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s Department of Public Health is conducting a statewide exercise to test the effectiveness of the state and local emergency response system to an infectious disease outbreak, such as a pandemic flu.

The Emergency Preparedness Medical Countermeasures exercises will run from April 11 through April 15.

Public Health Commissioner Raul Pino said residents should not be alarmed if they notice increased activity at their local departments of health or elsewhere during this period.

The exercise will involve federal, state and local emergency preparedness entities and organizations, including Centers for Disease Control, law enforcement, state agencies, hospitals, local health departments and others.

The exercise is supposed to test the effectiveness of the state and local emergency response system, including communications, resource allocation and overall response coordination.



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