Ill. chosen to simulate livestock disease outbreak

January 1, 2009 12:18:09 PM PST
Federal officials are planning to simulate a livestock disease outbreak for a security training in northeastern Illinois this summer.The two-day training will simulate a foot and mouth disease outbreak. It's hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Foot and mouth disease is a highly contagious livestock disease. It is not related to hand, foot and mouth disease which affects humans.

The idea is to train and prepare health officials, local authorities and first responders for an emergency involving the disease.

About 100 people are expected to participate at the event in Wheaton this June.

The project is federally funded.