Case 7  CONFIRMED

Characteristics 73-year-old male, employed by America Media Inc.
Onset date September 28, 2001
Medical care date October 1, 2001
MMWR date 50 (41), Oct. 19, 2001
Location Boca Raton, Florida
Probable source One or more mailed letters or packages
Disease type Inhalational anthrax
Details Admitted October 1 to a local hospital for pneumonia. On October 5, a nasal swab was obtained from the patient that yielded a positive culture for B. anthracis. Subsequent testing revealed positive PCR tests for B. anthracis in hemorrhagic pleural fluid and reactive serologic tests. The patient was discharged on October 23, 2001.

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Death date Not applicable