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November 1, 2001/12:00 PM, ET
CDC Update: Current case count, MMWR anthrax updates, Transcript available
CDC confirmed cases of anthrax
Summary of Local, State, and Federal Confirmed Human Cases and Exposures
There have been 4 deaths associated with inhalational anthrax.
CDC confirmed cases are based on a rigorous case definition which was published in CDC’s Morbidity and
Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on October 19, 2001. The MMWR is available on-line at:
CDC defines a confirmed case of anthrax as 1) a clinically compatible case of cutaneous,
inhalational, or gastrointestinal illness that is laboratory confirmed by isolation of B. anthracis
from an affected tissue or site or 2) other laboratory evidence of B. anthracis infection based on
at least two supportive laboratory tests. CDC defines a suspect
case as 1) a clinically compatible case of illness without isolation of B. anthracis
and no alternative diagnosis, but with laboratory evidence of B. anthracis by one supportive
laboratory test or 2) a clinically compatible case of anthrax epidemiologically linked to a confirmed environmental exposure, but without
corroborative laboratory evidence of B. anthracis infection.
11-2-01: Update on Anthrax Investigations
This week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report includes the article: “Update: Investigation
of Bioterrorism-Related Anthrax and Interim Guidelines for Clinical Evaluation of Persons with Possible Anthrax .”
This week’s issue also includes Notices to Readers regarding, “Updated Recommendations for Antimicrobial Prophylaxis Among
Asymptomatic Pregnant Women After Exposure to Bacillus anthracis” and “Interim Recommendations for Protecting Workers from Exposure to
Bacillus anthracis in Work Sites
in which Mail is Handled or Processed.” The MMWR is available online at www.cdc.gov/mmwr.
MMWR Anthrax website
All MMWR articles related to anthrax and bioterrorism are now archived at one location. The web address is http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/indexbt.html.
This page last updated November 1, 2001
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