Case 14 CONFIRMED

Characteristics 56-year-old man, employed as postal worker
Onset date October 16, 2001
Medical care date October 19, 2001
MMWR date 50 (42), Oct. 26, 2001
Location Brentwood Mail Center, Washington DC
Probable source Daschle or Leahy letters postmarked October 9
Disease type Inhalational anthrax
Details On October 19, enhanced regional surveillance activities (a collaborative effort between DCDOH, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Virginia Department of Health) identified a case of pulmonary illness in a postal worker. The man, sought medical care at a Virginia hospital for fever, chills, chest heaviness, malaise, and minimally productive cough of 3 days' duration. Initial evaluation in the emergency department (ED) revealed a widened mediastinum on a chest radiograph; a subsequent CT scan revealed mediastinal lymphadenopathy and small, bilateral pleural effusions. The patient was hospitalized for suspected inhalational anthrax and was treated with broad spectrum antimicrobial agents, including ciprofloxacin. Blood cultures grew gram-positive rods within 15 hours of collection, later confirmed to be B. anthracis at the Virginia State Health Laboratory and CDC on October 21. The patient is clinically stable and remains hospitalized (was discharged November 13, 2001).

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Death date Not applicable