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Pittsburgh Poison Center On Alert

Pittsburgh's poison center will be on high alert during the G-20 summit.
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Pittsburgh's poison center will be on high alert during the G-20 summit.

WTAE's news exchange partners at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported health officials will be looking for clusters of unusual symptoms that could be attributed to biological or chemical attacks.

The center will also be on the lookout for symptoms of food poisoning.

In preparation for the September summit, workers at the Oakland-based center are receiving training to refresh their knowledge about pathogens and disease-causing agents that can kill or seriously impair people, the Trib reported.

What Is The G-20?

G-20 -- the Group of 20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors -- was established in 1999 "to bring together systemically important industrialized and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy," according to its Web site,

Countries from all over the world -- including the U.S., Canada, China, France, Germany, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Russia -- are involved in the G-20 summit.

The gathering typically attracts a variety of protestors from around the world. In April, London saw mostly peaceful protests about economic policy, the banking system and bankers' bonuses, climate change concerns and the war on terror.

Photo Slideshow:World Leaders, Protests At G-20 Summit

During the last G-20, a peaceful protest dubbed "Financial Fools' Day" was held April 1 by the Pittsburgh Organizing Group, a local anarchist group. Members and supporters gathered in Market Square before marching around downtown, stopping at several banks and government offices.

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