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Notice to Readers: Availability of 24-Hour Clinician Information Line and Addition of Topics

CDC's Clinician Information Line (CIL) announces the addition of three topics --- mass trauma, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)/variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), and viral hemorrhagic fevers --- to its expanding list of disease topics. The 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 reach CIL at telephone 877-554-4625 (toll-free).

CIL was established by CDC in 2003 to rapidly disseminate information to clinicians. The hotline, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is staffed by registered nurses who have access to the latest CDC guidelines and information. The nurses use these guidelines to address emergency preparedness concerns and answer specific questions about emerging diseases. In addition, CIL nurses can connect callers to their local and state public health departments in real time. CIL nurses interact with CDC staff and subject matter specialists to obtain the most up-to-date information. Additional information is available at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/coca.



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