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<nettime> who gets anthrax? bongo drummers
cisler on Thu, 25 Oct 2001 21:13:03 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> who gets anthrax? bongo drummers

A very interesting chapter on anthrax weapons from WWII to the present and
the 1979 outbreak in Sverdlovsk, USSR.


Here are some other cases from this chapter in  Jeanne Guillemin's
"Anthrax: The Investigation of a Deadly Outbreak"

...For example, in one report of 117 cases of "woolsorter's disease" (as
anthrax has been called since early industrial times), strung out over more
than two decades, from 1933 to 1955, there was only one (fatal) case of
inhalation anthrax; the rest were cutaneous. [Note 10] Other scattered fatal
cases of inhalation anthrax were reported in the United States during this
same time period: a football player who may have contracted the disease from
playing-field soil, a San Francisco woman who beat bongo drums made of
infected skin, a construction worker who handled contaminated felt, and
several gardeners whose infection was traced to contaminated bone meal
fertilizer. In the best-researched incident, in Manchester, New Hampshire,
in 1957, inhalation anthrax killed four woolen-mill workers. [Note 11] In
the same year, a man and woman living near a Philadelphia tannery also died
of inhalation anthrax. [Note 12]

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