Bioterrorism-Related Anthrax Surveillance, Connecticut, September–December, 2001
Published Date:Oct 2002
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 8(10):1078-1082.
Corporate Authors:Connecticut Anthrax Investigation Team
Aged, 80 And Over
Coroners And Medical Examiners
Respiratory Tract Infections
Skin Diseases, Bacterial
Description: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.
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