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Bioterrorism-related anthrax surveillance, Connecticut, September-December, 2001.
Williams AA; Parashar UD; Stoica A; Ridzon R; Kirschke DL; Meyer RF; McClellan J; Fischer M; Nelson R; Cartter M; Hadler JL; Jernigan JA; Mast EE; Swerdlow DL; Connecticut Anthrax Investigation Team
Emerg Infect Dis 2002 Oct; 8(10):1078-1082
On November 19, 2001, a case of inhalational anthrax was identified in a 94-year-old Connecticut woman, who later died. We conducted intensive surveillance for additional anthrax cases, which included collecting data from hospitals, emergency departments, private practitioners, death certificates, postal facilities, veterinarians, and the state medical examiner. No additional cases of anthrax were identified. The absence of additional anthrax cases argued against an intentional environmental release of Bacillus anthracis in Connecticut and suggested that, if the source of anthrax had been cross-contaminated mail, the risk for anthrax in this setting was very low. This surveillance system provides a model that can be adapted for use in similar emergency settings.
Biological-warfare-agents; Infectious-diseases; Environmental-contamination; Disease-transmission; Inhalants; Inhalation-studies; Aerosols
Issue of Publication
Emerging Infectious Diseases
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