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Benzene Toxicity
Additional Sources of Information

More information on the adverse effects of benzene and the treatment and management of benzene-exposed persons can be obtained from ATSDR, your state and local health departments, and university medical centers. Case Studies in Environmental Medicine: Benzene Toxicity is one of a series. For other publications in this series or for clinical inquiries, contact ATSDR, Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine, at 770-488-3490.

Electronic databases are also available on the Internet as well as on CD-ROMs. Some CD-ROMs such as TOMES Plus also contain environmental databases that can put current, peer-reviewed environmental data at the physician's fingertips. Most involve a charge, but updates are sent regularly after the initial purchase.

In addition to other resources, ATSDR has created a subregistry for benzene within the National Exposure Registry. This subregistry is mandated by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980. ATSDR, in cooperation with the states, will establish and maintain national registries of (1) persons exposed to substances and (2) persons with serious illness or diseases possibly due to exposure. The registries will collect information on the effects of low-level exposures of long duration (i.e., the exposures typically found in populations surrounding hazardous waste sites) and the health outcomes for populations receiving one-time, high-level environmental exposures (such as those experienced at chemical spill sites). The registries will facilitate the identification and subsequent tracking of persons exposed to a defined substance at selected sites and will coordinate the clinical and research activities involving the registrants.

For further information on the benzene subregistry, please contact ATSDR, Division of Health Studies, Office of the Director, at 404-498-0105.

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