Recommendations for the follow-up assessment of contaminated travelers by radiation control health physics staff
Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Description:State radiation control program health physicists will perform the follow-up assessment of contaminated travelers in coordination with the local or state health department. This assessment may be done at the state radiation control program office, the traveler’s place of residence, or other locations as convenient. This screening process may be stressful for travelers. The health physics staff should consider requesting assistance from behavioral health professionals or risk communicators to help reduce anxiety for travelers throughout the process.
The follow-up assessment should consist of four main activities:
1) Ensure the effectiveness of external decontamination
2) Assist in completion and review the Epidemiologic Assessment form with the traveler and assess
potential for internal contamination
3) Perform a thyroid count
4) Evaluate the need for bioassay, and collect a urine sample if necessary
Based on current environmental monitoring results reported from Japan, it is highly unlikely for any external or internal contamination to present a public health concern for people outside of the 50-mile (80-kilometer) radius around the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
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