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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh Poison Center to watch for attacks during G-20 summit

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

By Luis Fabregas

Tribune Review

Pittsburgh Poison Center will be on high alert during the Group of 20 summit, looking for clusters of unusual symptoms that could be attributed to biological or chemical attacks and even food poisoning, center officials said.

In preparation for next month's economic summit of leaders from around the world, workers at the Oakland-based center are receiving training to refresh their knowledge about pathogens and disease-causing agents that can kill or seriously impair people.

The poison center is gearing up for a possible surge in calls during the two-day meeting, director Ed Krenzelok said.

West Penn Allegheny Health System plans to stage a disaster drill in early September but hasn't set a date, spokeswoman Stephanie Waite said.

In the past, The White House has designated West Penn Allegheny's flagship hospital, Allegheny General on the North Side, as lead trauma center for any necessary treatment of a president or vice president during visits to Pittsburgh.

The city's largest hospital system, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said it has no plan to extend shifts of medical personnel or reschedule elective surgeries

"I think it would be reasonable to expect that certain clinics would have to adjust, just like they would for a holiday or a snowstorm. There's nothing we've heard about working 24-hour shifts," said Susan Manko, a UPMC spokeswoman.
 

To read more, visit the Tribune-Review web site.

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