Fake Pox Outbreak To Test Public Health Readiness, Plans

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – College students, Washtenaw County public health officials and emergency management personnel will take part in an exercise to test readiness for a disease outbreak.

The University of Michigan says the event is scheduled next Saturday at the Kipke Center on the school’s Ann Arbor Campus.

Epidemiology associate professor Eden Wells says the objective is “to test mass vaccination plans and response” to a public health threat.

Students studying epidemiology and pharmacy at Michigan will be joined by Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College nursing students in assisting health professionals handle the fictional “Phoenicious Pox” skin rash.

Eden says the fake disease provides lessons to prepare future and current professionals for any health crisis.

Washtenaw County health officials will use the exercise to practice emergency plans.

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