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CDC Update: Current Case Count, Telebriefings, and CDC Field Staff Status

Last updated March 15, 2020

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

Summary of Local, State, and Federal Confirmed Human Cases and Exposures


CDC Update: Current Case Count, Telebriefings, and CDC Field Staff Status

CDC confirmed cases of anthrax

Summary of Local, State, and Federal Confirmed Human Cases and Exposures

Case Status Florida New York City New Jersey Washington, DC Total

Confirmed 2 5 5 5 17

    Cutaneous 0 4 3 0  

    Inhalational 2 1 2 5  

Suspect 0 3 2 0 5

    Cutaneous 0 3 2 0  

    Inhalational 0 0 0 0  

Total Cases         22

There have been 4 deaths associated with inhalational anthrax.

CDC confirmed cases are based on a rigorous case definition which was published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on October 19, 2001.  The MMWR is available on-line at:  http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5041a1.htm.

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.  CDC defines a suspect case as 1) a clinically compatible case of illness without isolation of B. anthracis and no alternative diagnosis, but with laboratory evidence of B. anthracis by one supportive laboratory test or 2) a clinically compatible case of anthrax epidemiologically linked to a confirmed environmental exposure, but without corroborative laboratory evidence of B. anthracis infection.

CDC Telebriefings

Telebriefings regarding CDC activities and the anthrax investigations will be conducted during the entire month of November, on Monday through Friday, from Noon – 12:45 PM, EST.  The toll-free number for these briefings is 1–866–254–5942.

HHS/CDC staff deployment update (as of November 2, 2001)

Washington, D.C.

23 EIS Officers

17 Epidemiologists

20 Industrial Hygienists

  3 Laboratorians

  4 Media Specialists

  2 National Pharmaceutical Stockpile staff

  4 Nurses

10 Public Health Advisors

  5 Public Health Prevention Specialists

  1 Medical Officer

New Jersey

10 EIS Officers

 6 Epidemiologists

 3 Industrial Hygienists

 3 Information Technology Specialists

 2 Public Health Prevention Specialists

 4 Public Health Advisors

New York City (Anthrax)

20 EIS Officers

10 Epidemiologists

  2 Industrial Hygienists

  5 Laboratorians

  1 Media Specialist

  5 Public Health Advisors

 1 Public Health Prevention Specialist

New York City (WTC)

 2 EIS Officers

 2 Industrial Hygienists

Florida

2 EIS Officers

3 Epidemiologists

1 Industrial Hygienist

2 Laboratorians

1 Medical officer

1 Public Health Advisor

For the latest update on CDC activities and on-going anthrax investigations visit www.bt.cdc.gov/ or www.cdc.gov/media/.

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First uploaded: March 15, 2020
Last updated: March 15, 2020