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Notice to Readers: Webcast on Recognition of Chemical-Associated Gastrointestinal Illness

Since September 11, 2001, concern in the United States has increased about potential terrorist attacks involving the use of chemical agents. The national focus of a potential chemical terrorism event has traditionally been on an overt event such as release of a known chemical agent in a public place. However, recent cases of both intentional and inadvertent food contamination with resultant illness underscore the need for health-care providers and public health officials to be alert for patients in their communities who have signs and symptoms consistent with chemical exposures.

On March 30, 2005, at 12:00--1:00 p.m. EST, the Public Health Training Network will present, "Recognition of Chemical Associated Gastrointestinal Foodborne Illness." This webcast was developed by the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The purpose of this webcast is to provide training to clinicians and public health officials on the latest information about accurately recognizing, reporting, and managing victims of a covert chemical-associated event such as the intentional contamination and subsequent distribution of food. Interested viewers can access the webcast at the designated time by logging on at

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