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Vicious Virus Tabletop Exercise

Exercise Overview

Exercise Benefits / Facts
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The purpose of this exercise is to provide participants with an opportunity to work through the various public information challenges associated with a foodborne illness outbreak occurring on campus.

The primary mission of this exercise is to provide an opportunity for institutions of higher education to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of their Public Information and Warning plans and procedures.

Campus Shield Exercise Initiative

The Vicious Virus – A Campus Public Information Tabletop Exercise is part of the national Campus Shield Exercise Initiative.

Exercise Scenario

A University Biology major, who works for the University’s Dining Services, walks into the University’s Health Services Clinic with a fever, severe diarrhea, malaise, anorexia and abdominal pain. He is immediately examined by one of the clinic’s Nurse Practitioners.

During the examination the Nurse Practitioner learns that one of the student’s responsibilities at the University’s Dining Services is to prep salad bar vegetables. He also helped prepare the ingredients used during the “World’s Largest Sushi Roll” event. The student acknowledges that for the past two days he has been feeling sick but had to work due to financial obligations.

Suspecting the student may have Hepatitis A the Nurse Practitioner collects a blood sample for testing.

Due to the severity of his condition the student is sent to the hospital for an overnight stay while awaiting test results.

Exercise Participation Information

Your university or college can participate in this exercise for $600.
For information about participating in this exercise please complete an Information Request Form. Upon completing the form you will be contacted and provided with additional information.

Exercise Date Exercise Time Scenario Exercise
Location / Participation *
Individual participant registration CLOSES at 12:00PM ET on the day prior to the exercise
Call 850-241-3565 to schedule this exercise 9:00AM – 4:00PM ET
Participation Information
Foodborne Illness Registration will open once the exercise is scheduled From a conference room or similar location via the ONX System as part of your organization’s Incident Management Team
* Everyone that will be participating in the exercise must register for the following reasons:
  1. Prior to the exercise important Read Ahead materials will be e-mailed to all registered participants. These materials are important to ensure your participation in the exercise is successful.
  2. At the end of the exercise only registered participants will be able to complete and submit their individual exercise evaluation (Hotwash).
  3. Only registered participants will be able to access and print their Certificate of Participation once they have submitted their individual exercise evaluation.