Hurricane, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia has established a health hot line to provide answers to the public if there is a disease outbreak or other widespread health incident.
Elizabeth Scharman with the West Virginia Poison Center says the toll-free number will only be activated when deemed necessary. It will be provided to the public through media outlets.
Scharman also is chairwoman of the Kanawha-Putnam Emergency Planning Committee.
She told the committee that a drill held Tuesday morning to test the system was successful.
Scharman says she believes the hot line will minimize the number of calls to pharmacies, 911 centers and hospitals.
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