Today Jerome Hauer, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Health and Emergency Preparedness, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), briefed the nation's state public health officials about the rationale for increasing the national threat condition for risk of terrorism attack.
Based on information received and analyzed by the federal intelligence community, the national threat level was raised from elevated risk ("yellow") to high risk ("orange"). Mr. Hauer warned public health officials of increased domestic threats against U.S. citizens. Specific threat agents cited include botulism and ricin toxins, cyanide, VX and sarin nerve agents, and radiological dispersion devices ("dirty bombs").
HHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are providing this information to assist the public health community in increasing their level of preparedness for these threat agents.
Information on threat agents is available at the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/
Additional materials will be posted at the following sites in the coming days:
General information about the health effects of terrorism threat agents is available at:
For questions, technical assistance or to report an event, please call the DE Division of Public Health at 1-888-295-5156. More information will be provided once additional details are known.