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CDC update : CDC case definition of anthrax and summary of confirmed cases

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    Case definition of anthrax and summary of confirmed cases
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    Sunday, October 21, 2001, 19:26 EDT (7:26 PM EDT) CDCHAN-00039-2001-10-21-UPD-N (1:39 PM EDT) CDC case definition of anthrax: 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. October 21, 2001 - Summary of confirmed cases: Based on this definition, CDC is reporting eight confirmed cases of anthrax: two in Florida, three in New York, two in New Jersey, and one case in Washington, D.C. (in collaboration with public health officials in Maryland and Virginia). One additional unconfirmed case is under investigation. Event Type: anthrax terrorism event Context: cases/case definition Event Type: Man-made Agent Type: bacteria Specify Agent (Name): anthrax International: no Intentional/Unintentional: intentional
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