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A screening tool to prioritize public health risk associated with accidental or deliberate release of chemicals into the atmosphere

  • David H Blakey1, 2, 20,
  • Marc Lafontaine1, 3,
  • Jocelyn Lavigne1, 3,
  • Danny Sokolowski1, 3,
  • Jean-Marc Philippe1, 4,
  • Jean-Marc Sapori1, 5,
  • Walter Biederbick1, 6, 7,
  • Regine Horre1, 7,
  • Willi B Marzi1, 8,
  • Hisayoshi Kondo1, 9,
  • Yumiko Kuroki1, 10,
  • Akira Namera1, 11,
  • Tetsu Okumura1, 12,
  • Miyako Yamamoto1, 13,
  • Mikio Yashiki1, 11,
  • Peter G Blain1, 14,
  • David R Russell1, 15Email author,
  • Susan M Cibulsky1, 16 and
  • David A Jett1, 17
BMC Public Health201313:253

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-253

Received: 26 July 2012

Accepted: 19 February 2013

Published: 21 March 2013

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Original Submission
26 Jul 2012 Submitted Original manuscript
Resubmission - Version 2
Submitted Manuscript version 2
2 Nov 2012 Reviewed Reviewer Report - M Mohan
28 Nov 2012 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Kenichi Azuma
28 Jan 2013 Author responded Author comments - David Russell
Resubmission - Version 3
28 Jan 2013 Submitted Manuscript version 3
17 Feb 2013 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Kenichi Azuma
Resubmission - Version 4
Submitted Manuscript version 4
19 Feb 2013 Editorially accepted
21 Mar 2013 Article published 10.1186/1471-2458-13-253

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Authors’ Affiliations

Chemical Events Working Group of the Global Health Security Initiative
Environmental Health, Science and Research Bureau, Health Canada
Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit, Health Canada
Poison Control Center, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Centre Antipoison
Department of Emergency Response and Preparedness, Health General Directorate (Health Ministry)
Centre for Biological Security, Robert Koch-Institut
Research, Technology & Public Health Protection, Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
Civil Protection, Federal Ministry of the Interior
MHLW DMAT Bureau, National Disaster Medical Center
Tsukuba Office, Japan Poison Information Center
Forensic Medicine, Hiroshima University
Office of Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary for National Security and Crisis Management, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan
Division of Safety Information on Drug, Food and Chemicals, National Institute of Health Sciences
Medical Toxicology Centre, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
WHO-Collaborating Centre for Chemical Incidents, The Health Protection Agency, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
NINDS, National Institutes of Health
the Global Health Security Initiative