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Vermont Hospitals Prepare for Pandemic

Barbara Farr Barbara Farr

Montpelier, Vermont - June 9, 2008

This Wednesday, 11 Vermont hospitals and the state will test their ability to respond to a massive flu pandemic.

The exercise will mirror what some fear could happen-- an outbreak of a new flu strain that spreads easily from person to person.

Officials say they will be monitoring how information is spread, control measures taken and communication in case hospitals run out of beds.

"We learn something every time we do it and we do it better. So every one is a learning experience and every time we do something it gives us methods and ideas on how to improve," explains Barbara Farr of Vt. Emergency Management.

More than 100 people will be part of the simulated emergency. Emergency officials say the most important thing they learn from drills is how to make sure there is good communication between everyone.

Kristin Carlson - WCAX News

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