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Clinicians Consultation Network

Tuesday, November 06, 2012  
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New telephone-based Clinicians Consultation Network service to assist clinicians treating patients who received injections with the contaminated steroid medication

Beginning on November 6, CDC is establishing a volunteer Clinicians Consultation Network of experts in fungal disease treatment and management to assist physicians who are directly involved in the treatment of patients associated with the current outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections. Through this service, doctors who are treating patients will be able to consult by telephone or email with one of a group of participating infectious disease medical experts. To access the service, physicians should call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) and then select the appropriate prompts (e.g., "1” for English, "1” for Clinician). A CDC-INFO call agent will verify each physician’s role in direct patient management. After this verification, the calling physician will be referred to the Clinicians Consultation Network. The Network consultants have entered into volunteer agreements with CDC to provide this consultation service to treating physicians. There is no charge for the consultation. The consultants will report their findings to CDC, which may provide valuable information for the response to the outbreak. Operating hours for the service are the same as those for CDC-INFO: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday (Eastern Time), except federal holidays.

If you have questions about the Clinicians Consultation Network, please contact CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).

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