Thursday, October 16, 2008

Terrorism drill takes aim at foreign animal diseases

Terrorism drill takes aim at foreign animal diseases | Philadelphia Daily News | 10/16/2008: "Terrorism came to Philadelphia and Chester County yesterday.

Or at least authorities acted like it had.

In an exercise that was more than a year in planning, the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies said, they conducted an 'agroterrorism' test to see how the region might react to introduction of a 'foreign animal disease' in livestock.

The test was deemed a success.

'The whole objective is to learn how to minimize the impact of a potential or actual outbreak,' said Jerri Williams, an FBI spokeswoman. 'So, it was pretty successful.'

The daylong test was conducted by the FBI's Philadelphia division, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force."

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