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The Anthrax Attacks 10 Years Later

Annals of Internal Medicine 3 Oct 2011

Larry M. Bush, MD; and Maria T. Perez, MD

From Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, and JFK Medical Center, Atlantis, Florida.

Abstract

Ten years ago, just weeks after the September 11 attacks, theUnited Statesexperienced a deliberate act of bioterrorism. Through use of the U.S.postal service, anthrax spores were widely disseminated, including to homes, the Senate, and major newsrooms, resulting in morbidity and mortality and effectively disrupting our way of life and revealing our vulnerability. Even though such attacks had been the subject of much writing and had been planned for, detection of and the appropriate response to an attack with an agent from the so-called “Category ‘A’ List” had only been considered in theoretical terms. What transpired during the following difficult weeks, including how public health and federal government agencies performed, has been both praised and criticized. An intertwined epidemiologic and criminal investigation of such magnitude was unprecedented inU.S.history. To address the question of whether we as a nation are now better prepared for future threats involving biologic agents, it is important to learn from the lessons of the 2001 anthrax attacks, including the critical role of clinicians in surveillance. As physicians involved in diagnosing anthrax in the index case and alerting authorities, we offer our perspective on these events a decade after their occurrence.

FULL TEXT

http://www.annals.org/content/early/2011/09/30/0003-4819-155-12-201112200-00373.full

 

 

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May 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm


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