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Delaware Health Alert Network #4

March 19, 2003 12:07 pm

Health Alert

The Federal Department of Homeland Security issued a Code Orange - High Threat Alert on March 18, 2003. The High Threat Alert informed all states that intelligence reports indicate a potential for terrorist attacks in the United States. State and local governments are advised to increase security at state and federal buildings, monuments, hospitals and high traffic locations.

NO SPECIFIC THREAT HAS BEEN RECEIVED AND NO SPECIFIC LOCATIONS OR WEAPONS HAVE BEEN INDICATED. Agents ranging from biologic, chemical and radiological remain on the threat list.

Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) recommends heightened awareness by the Delaware medical community for patients that may present with symptoms consistent with bio and chemical terrorist agents. This alert contains a chart (attached) that lists agents, clinical and treatment information.

To report suspected illness resulting from terrorist activity, or to obtain technical assistance in evaluating and treating patients, contact the Division of Public Health immediately at 1-888-295-5156. This number is operational 24 hours, seven days a week during the High Threat Alert.

Further information about agents of biological and chemical terrorism can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control at: .

The Delaware Division of Public Health will provide further information about this threat as it becomes available through the Health Alert Network.

Categories of Health Alert messages:

  • Health Alert: Conveys the highest level of importance; warrants immediate action or attention.
  • Health Advisory: Provides important information for a specific incident or situation; may not require immediate action.
  • Health Update: Provides updated information regarding an incident or situation; unlikely to require immediate action.
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