'Fun' video simulations helping to train emergency workers in catastrophe response


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By P.J. HUFFSTUTTER
Los Angeles Times
 
CHICAGO - In a small computer laboratory in downtown Chicago, epidemiologist Colleen Monahan is playing a video game designed to terrify the city's public health workers.

The scenario is grim: Someone has unleashed an unknown biological agent in several skyscrapers. Clouds of noxious gas are billowing in the streets, poisoning the air and seeping into the soil. The millions of sick and dying overwhelm the city's hospitals and clinics.

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