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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Medical Intelligence Center is key in bombing response

At 8 a.m. on April 15, a war room of sorts was activated at a South End office of the Boston ­Public Health Commission, nearly seven hours before the bombs ­exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line.

As usual on a Marathon Monday, the city’s Medical Intelligence Center had geared up for a “mass casualty event,” with a dozen public health officials monitoring computer screens and radio transmissions. With moderate temperatures, they were not expecting a flood of runners or spectators at emergency rooms.

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