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Environmental health laboratory : responding to chemical threats
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    Chemical emergencies have the potential to cause widespread human death and disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health plays an important role in defining how public health responds to intentional and unintentional chemical emergencies. It does this through the Emergency Response Branch of its Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS). CDC’s environmental health laboratory develops and performs unique tests to assess chemical exposure during a public health emergency or terrorist event. Laboratory support provides rapid detection and accurate identification of chemical threat agents which are crucial for diagnosis, detection, treatment and prevention of disease. The DLS Emergency Response Branch offers an emergency response team, rapid toxic screen, and laboratory response network to improve the detection of chemical threat agents by: • Identifying chemical agents used • Measuring human exposure levels • Preventing further exposure CS237779-A Publication date from document properties. Created: 3/1/13; modified: 4/28/16. dls_chemical_emergency_brochure.pdf
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