WVa Establishes Health Hot Line For Emergencies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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