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November 1, 2001/6:00 PM, ET
CDC Update: Current case count, “Consumer Alert”, New York investigations, CDC field staff, and 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: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5041a1.htm.
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.
“Consumer Alert “ regarding antibiotics sold on-line
Update: New York anthrax investigations and WTC survey
As a precautionary measure the Health Department, working with Lenox Hill Hospital, has made
antibiotics available to over 1,100 individuals who work in, visited, or were treated at MEETH since October 11. Nasal swabs have been limited
to those individuals who worked in the immediate area of the deceased. Of the 28 nasal swabs, none tested positive for anthrax.
The New York City Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with CDC, is conducting a voluntary survey of lower Manhattan residents who
have been affected by the World Trade Center disaster. DOH is administering this survey to address concerns and needs expressed by area
residents pertaining to their mental and physical health.
For more information see www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/doh/html/new/new.html.
HHS/CDC staff deployment update (as
of October 31, 2001)
New York City (Anthrax)
New York City (WTC)
West Palm Beach,
November 1, 2001, transcript available
The transcript for the November 1, 2001, telebriefing on the MMWR report on anthrax with Dr. Julie Gerberding is available online at www.cdc.gov/media/transcripts/t011101.htm.
This page last updated November 1, 2001
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