Availability of 24-Hour Clinician Information Line and Addition of Topics

Author: Carrie Morantz, Brian Torrey
Date: March 1, 2005

The Clinician Information Line of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added three conditions--mass trauma, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)/variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), and viral hemorrhagic fevers--to its expanding list of disease topics.

The information line now covers 16 topics: smallpox, influenza/avian influenza, ricin, severe acute respiratory syndrome, radiation, West Nile virus, chlorine, anthrax, botulism, plague, nerve agents, tularemia, viral hemorrhagic fevers, hurricane recovery, mass trauma, and BSE/vCJD.

Clinicians with questions relating to any of these topics can call the hotline toll-free at 877-554-4625. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is staffed by registered nurses with access to the latest CDC guidelines and information. In addition, the nurses can connect callers to their local and state public health departments. Additional information is available online at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/coca.

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