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FOR RELEASE: November 2, 2001
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

Media Advisory:
Bioterrorism and Anthrax Issues

Bioterrorism and Anthrax Daily Update 11/2/01:

  • Consumers who are visiting Web sites and receiving email claiming to sell Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and other antibiotics to treat anthrax should consult a new "Consumer Alert" before they buy products online, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Alert, "Offers to Treat Biological Threats: What You Need to Know," was produced by the FTC, in conjunction with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The report is available online at www.ftc.gov/opa/2001/11/alert.htm.
  • As of noon today, the Public Health Laboratory of the Oklahoma State Department of Health had performed testing on 513 environmental samples for the presence of anthrax or biologic agents. All have tested negative for biologic contamination.
  • The Oklahoma State Department of Health receives daily updates from the CDC and other government agencies regarding current issues in anthrax and other bioterrorism concerns. This information is posted on the Oklahoma State Department of Health's Web site at: http://www.health.state.ok.us/program/cdd/anthrax/anthrax.htm.

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