Update on public health precautions related to orange threat level: Part 3
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Update on public health precautions related to orange threat level: Part 3

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      Wednesday, December 31, 2003, 19:15 EST (07:15 PM EST) CDCHAN-00179-03-12-31-UPD-N (Information for clinicians in the event of a radiation or nuclear emergency) In preparation for any possible public health emergency related to the current orange (high) threat level, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is disseminating a series of notices on potential hazards. This is the third in a series of four updates. This message focuses on information for clinicians and hospitals in the event of a radiation or nuclear emergency. During an orange (high) alert clinicians should be prepared to respond to a terrorist event involving radiation or nuclear weapons. In the event of a terrorist attack involving radiation or nuclear weapons, the Department of Homeland Security would be the lead federal agency responding. However, health care providers would be called upon to play a major role responding to protect the public's health. CDC has developed new interim guidelines for hospital response to casualties from a radiological or nuclear emergency. These guidelines can be found at Guidelines for Hospital Response to Mass Casualties from a Radiological Incident: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/pdf/MassCasualtiesGuidelines.pdf.
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