Case 9 CONFIRMED

Characteristics 27-year-old woman, employed by CBS (assistant to Dan Rather)
Onset date October 1, 2001
Medical care date  
MMWR date 50 (42), Oct. 26, 2001
Location Manhatten, New York
Probable source Unfound letter
Disease type Cutaneous anthrax
Details Regularly handled mail at CBS. Sought medical care at a local hospital for two lesions on the left cheek, which developed surrounding erythema and edema and local adenopathy. A biopsy obtained on October 16 was positive by IHC staining for the cell wall antigen of B. anthracis and serologic testing was weakly reactive. No suspicious letter was identified from her work site.

Click for initial news account of unidentified case at CBS (10/18/01)

Click for British news account of Claire Fletcher (10/19/01)

Click for news account of Claire Fletcher (10/19/01)

Death date Not applicable