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   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
   October 17, 2001

George T. DiFerdinando, Jr., MD, MPH
Acting Commissioner

For Further Information Contact:
Laura Otterbourg or Dennis McGowan

DHSS Issues Guidelines for Evaluating
Biological Threats

TRENTON -New Jersey Health and Senior Services Commissioner George T. DiFerdinando, Jr., M.D., today said his department has issued biological threat evaluation guidelines for health care providers, who may be seeing many patients who seek treatment or testing due to contact with suspicious substances.

The guidelines feature general information on examining patients who are seeking treatment, including specific recommendations for patients with and without known exposure to materials or substances that have tested positive.

It also includes guidelines on treating patients if they test positive for anthrax, how to handle suspicious materials, antibiotic recommendations and signs and symptoms of clinical anthrax.

Dr. DiFerdinando said the guidelines and other information on the state's bioterrorism preparedness and response plan, including physician information and advice for mail handlers, is available on the department's website at

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