- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is conducting an emergency exercise simulate a large-scale infectious disease outbreak.

First responders, towns, healthcare facilities, and public health networks will participate in the exercise, which runs Friday and Saturday. It will be led from Concord.

The exercise will focus on the ability of emergency medical services to identify, triage, and decontaminate patients safely; the ability of hospitals to receive and decontaminate patients and to activate and receive chemical medical countermeasures; and the state’s ability to expedite the movement of chemical medical countermeasures where they are needed to save lives.

Rick Cricenti of the Emergency Services Unit says the exercise has been planned for a year and involves the entire state,

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