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Press Release
NIAID Responds to Hurricane Katrina
Medical Consult Number Available to Physicians and Patients

September 12, 2005

As part of a consolidated National Institutes of Health (NIH) effort and in collaboration with academic medical centers and the nation's medical professional societies, NIAID infectious disease (ID) experts are providing round-the-clock telephone medical consultations for health professionals, clinical trial participants, and patients in the region devastated by hurricane Katrina. The 24/7 toll-free number is 1-866-887-2842.

Callers with questions related to NIAID programmatic areas are routed to an on-call infectious disease physician, who will provide guidance and/or connect the individual to an appropriate expert from a nationwide list of volunteer specialists. Members of groups such as the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the HIV Medicine Association, the NIAID Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene have been overwhelming in their responses to our call for volunteers.

For additional information, please see the Web page titled "NIAID Responds to Hurricane Katrina."




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