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Notice to Readers: New Telephone Number to Report Botulism Cases and Request Antitoxin

CDC's 24-hour telephone number for state health departments to report suspected botulism cases, obtain clinical consultation on botulism cases, and request botulinum antitoxin release has changed. State health departments should call 770-488-7100. The call will be taken by the CDC Emergency Operations Center, which will page the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch medical officer on call. All other aspects of the botulism emergency response system will remain unchanged.

Medical care providers who suspect a diagnosis of botulism in a patient should immediately call their state health department's emergency 24-hour telephone number. The state health department will contact CDC to arrange for a clinical consultation by telephone and, if indicated, release of botulinum antitoxin.

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