March 25, 2011 Leave a comment
March 22, 2011 — In response to the crisis in Japan, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted a conference call for clinicians to answer questions about treating radiation injuries in US travelers returning from Japan.
During the hour-long Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity call yesterday evening, Jeffrey Nemhauser, MD, who is a captain in the US Public Health Service and a medical officer in the CDC’s Radiation Studies Branch, answered questions from healthcare providers about radiation exposure and treatment.
Dr. Nemhauser stressed that the CDC is not aware of any US travelers returning from Japan who have been “contaminated with material at a level of concern.” If a traveler is contaminated, the CDC will recommend decontamination, collect data, and follow-up with the traveler, he said.
Customs officials routinely screen travelers (and their luggage) entering the United States for radiation contamination, he said. Because of the radiation leaks in Japan, however, the CDC is creating extra screening protocols for airports. Dr. Nemhauser said that these protocols should go into effect this week. Read more of this post