Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, July 20th, 2004
That order for immediate telephone notification of officials in Little Rock whenever a health-care worker suspects or confirms certain diseases has gone out around Arkansas.
State Health Department officials said they had set up a hotline to receive such notifications.
The requirement went into place June 28, 2004, and targets 12 diseases: anthrax, botulism, Hepatitis A, meningococcal infections, pertussis, plague, Q-fever, SARS, smallpox, tularemia, typhus and viral hemorrhagic fevers.
The department already asks doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals to report dozens of...
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