Advisory : Anthrax case investigation
Source:HAN ; 024
Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Series:HAN ; 024
Description:Thursday, October 04, 2001, 19:09 EDT (7:09 PM EDT)
The Florida State Department of Health and the CDC are investigating a case of anthrax in a 63 year old male Florida resident who recently returned from a trip to North Carolina. Testing of the isolate at the state public health laboratory and CDC confirmed the organism to be Bacillus anthracis.
This afternoon, the CDC deployed a team of epidemiologists to assist the Florida State Department of Health in their investigation of this case. Additionally, a similar team was deployed to North Carolina to assist with the investigation in that state. Preliminary surveillance has not detected additional persons with similar serious illness in either Florida or North Carolina.
CDC is recommending that all departments of health continue surveillance activities and report any similar cases to the CDC. The initial presenting features of pulmonary anthrax may include fever, malaise, aches and pains; followed by rapid clinical deterioration. Most Level B and C labs are capable of making a laboratory confirmation of the clinical presentation. Please check with your state lab to confirm their ability to perform these tests.
Remember, anthrax is not transmitted person-to-person. Sporadic cases of anthrax do occur in the United States so a single case is not an indication of an outbreak. At this time there is no indication that this is more than an isolated case. Prophylactic antibiotics is not recommended at this time.
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