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FOR RELEASE: January 22, 2002
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

Media Advisory:

Bioterrorism and Anthrax Issues Update
CDC Establishes New Web Site for Bioterrorism Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established a new Web site to offer bioterrorism resources for health professionals and the public.

The site at www.bt.cdc.gov addresses the need for up-to-date and accurate information on health threats arising from exposure to biological, chemical, or radiological agents. The site is the official federal site for medical, laboratory, and public health professionals to reference when providing information to the public and for updates on protocols related to health threats such as anthrax.

CDC redesigned the site in response to overwhelming demand from the public and professionals for credible information during the anthrax crisis. In October 2001, CDC experienced more than a 100 percent increase in traffic to its main Web site, www.cdc.gov, which links directly to www.bt.cdc.gov.

The new site should make the most requested information on public health preparedness and emergency response easier to find and update quickly. The site can also be accessed through the Oklahoma State Department of Health's Web site at http://www.health.state.ok.us/program/cdd/anthrax/anthrax.htm.

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