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   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
   November 19, 2001

George T. DiFerdinando, Jr., MD, MPH
Acting Commissioner

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Department, Hospital Association & Medical Society
Produce Anthrax Informational Flyer


TRENTON - The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, New Jersey Hospital Association and the Medical Society of New Jersey have produced an informational flyer on anthrax that will be distributed to health care providers statewide.

"While we have issued much information on the anthrax situation to our partners in public health, health care providers and - through the media and our website - the public, this flyer cuts to the core questions we have been addressing," said Health and Senior Services Acting Commissioner George T. DiFerdinando, Jr., MD.

Dr. DiFerdinando added, "I wish to thank the Hospital Association and the Medical Society for their outstanding support in responding to this situation and for their help in producing and distributing this flyer, especially in light of the upcoming flu season when people with flu-like symptoms will be seeking testing and care."

The flyer addresses patient questions and concerns and gives guidelines on anthrax testing. It is designed for posting in the public areas of hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices. More detailed information is available at the department's website at

New Jersey Hospital Association President Gary Carter said, "It's important to separate fact from fiction regarding the current anthrax scare. In that light, we've collaborated with the department and the physicians across the state to provide some common sense, to-the-point guidelines we hope the public will adhere to." Carter noted the flyer will be posted on the association's website at

"This collaboration, coupled with the Medical Society's Emergency Information Life Cards available at, demonstrates a broad-based commitment to help residents overcome the biggest threats facing New Jersey: fear and the spread of misinformation," said Angelo S. Agro, MD, President, Medical Society of New Jersey.

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