Gram-positive Rod Surveillance for Early Anthrax Detection
Published Date:Sep 2005
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 11(9):1483-1486.
Corporate Authors:Connecticut Bioterrorism Field Epidemiology Response Team
Clinical Laboratory Techniques
Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections
Description:Connecticut established telephone-based gram-positive rod (GPR) reporting primarily to detect inhalational anthrax cases more quickly. From March to December 2003, annualized incidence of blood isolates was 21.3/100,000 persons; reports included 293 Corynebacterium spp., 193 Bacillus spp., 73 Clostridium spp., 26 Lactobacillus spp., and 49 other genera. Around-the-clock GPR reporting has described GPR epidemiology and enhanced rapid communication with clinical laboratories.
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