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November 3, 2001/12:00 PM, ET
CDC Update: Current Case Count, Telebriefings, and CDC Field Staff Status
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.
Telebriefings regarding CDC activities and the anthrax investigations will be conducted during the entire month of November, on Monday
through Friday, from Noon – 12:45 PM, EST. The toll-free number for these briefings is 1–866–254–5942.
HHS/CDC staff deployment update (as
of November 2, 2001)
New York City (Anthrax)
New York City (WTC)
This page last updated November 3, 2001
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