Butte Co. prepares for the worst with infectious disease prevention seminar

May 18, 2016 7:19 PM by News Staff

Butte county public health department prepares for the worst. They ran an exercise drill on how they'd deal with an infectious disease emergence in Butte County.

The scenario was meningococcal meningitis. It's not something that it yet shown to be a problem in the north state. But it's also not out of the question.

Lisa Almaguer at the health department says it's an issue that other university campuses have had to deal with this past year. Almaguer says the drill brought in members of various county departments in order to determine strengths, weaknesses and strategies of the department operations center.

“The structure of the doc is designed to be very flexible and operate no matter what the circumstance. the flow of how we do things remains the same- that structure is broken down into how do we buy things, do things, plan for things, communicate- it's bro ken down into roles,” Almaguer said.

Today's exercise brought in new people training to be instant commend- that means they'll have more people prepared to handle a potential emergency.

Almaguer says in this type of scenario public health would partner with hospitals and college campuses.

After the drill was complete, the health department recognized a need for more staff involvement and an organization liaison to coordinate with outside agencies involved.

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