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Isolated case of bioterrorism-related inhalational anthrax, New York City, 2001.

Authors
Holtz-TH; Ackelsberg-J; Kool-JL; Rosselli-R; Marfin-A; Matte-T; Beatrice-ST; Heller-MB; Hewett-D; Moskin-LC; Bunning-ML; Layton-M
Source
Emerg Infect Dis 2003 Jun; 9(6):689-696
NIOSHTIC No.
20026620
Abstract
On October 31, 2001, in New York City, a 61-year-old female hospital employee who had acquired inhalational anthrax died after a 6-day illness. To determine sources of exposure and identify additional persons at risk, the New York City Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and law enforcement authorities conducted an extensive investigation, which included interviewing contacts, examining personal effects, summarizing patientís use of mass transit, conducting active case finding and surveillance near her residence and at her workplace, and collecting samples from co-workers and the environment. We cultured all specimens for Bacillus anthracis. We found no additional cases of cutaneous or inhalational anthrax. The route of exposure remains unknown. All environmental samples were negative for B. anthracis. This first case of inhalational anthrax during the 2001 outbreak with no apparent direct link to contaminated mail emphasizes the need for close coordination between public health and law enforcement agencies during bioterrorism-related investigations.
Keywords
Infection-control; Infectious-diseases; Mortality-data; Biological-warfare-agents; Health-care-personnel; Sampling; Surveillance-programs; Exposure-assessment; Emergency-response; Employee-exposure; Disease-incidence
CODEN
EIDIFA
Publication Date
20030601
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
1080-6040
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Source Name
Emerging Infectious Diseases
State
CO; DC; GA; NY; WV
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