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Chronic pulmonary disease or immunosuppression may increase a person's susceptibility to inhalation anthrax (9,15).
In an inhalation anthrax attack, people may not know they are infected with anthrax until the toxins already are circulating in their blood, and it may be too late for antibiotics alone to be effective.
Initial symptoms of inhalation anthrax infection may resemble a common cold.
The Postal Service's decision to wait to close the Brentwood facility and refer employees for medical treatment until CDC confirmed that a postal employee had contracted inhalation anthrax was consistent with the advice the Postal Service received from public health advisers and the information about health risk available at the time.
Case-fatality rates for inhalation anthrax are high, even with appropriate antibiotics and supportive care.
Eleven cases of inhalation anthrax and seven cases of cutaneous anthrax were diagnosed.
After the onset of symptoms, inhalation anthrax is often fatal.
The symptoms of human infection differ according to the part of the body infected, but in the highly lethal case of inhalation anthrax, the spores appear to breed rapidly on lymph nodes near the lung producing large quantities of toxin and making it difficult for the victim to breathe within a few days of infection.
Since early October, four Americans have died of inhalation anthrax, more than 20 sites across my city have been contaminated, and my doorman--who spends afternoons sorting bulk mail from D.
Confirmed Anthrax Cases There have been four deaths associated with inhalation anthrax.
Ottile Lundgren, of Oxford, Connecticut, died on Wednesday, just hours after being confirmed as suffering from inhalation anthrax, the most deadly form of the infection.
Ottile Lundgren, of Oxford, Connecticut, died last night, five days after being admitted to hospital and just hours after being confirmed as suffering from inhalation anthrax, the most deadly form of the infection.