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FOR RELEASE: November 9, 2001
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

Media Advisory:
Bioterrorism and Anthrax Issues

Bioterrorism and Anthrax Daily Update 11/9/01:

  • As of 1:30 p.m. today, the Public Health Laboratory of the Oklahoma State Department of Health had performed testing on 605 environmental samples for the presence of anthrax or biologic agents. All have tested negative for biologic contamination.
  • Recent news reports of anthrax cases in several U.S. cities may have created fear among both children and adults. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has prepared a new fact sheet to provide parents with information and resources to: 1) help their children cope with their fears about anthrax and 2) make decisions related to anthrax and their children. CDC also has a developed a new fact sheet for clinicians to help them understand how the disease manifests itself in children. Both fact sheets are available online. For clinicians: "Children and Anthrax: A Fact Sheet for Clinicians" is available at (www.bt.cdc.gov/DocumentsApp/Anthrax/11072001/clinician.asp and for parents, "Children and Anthrax: A Fact Sheet for Parents" is available at (www.bt.cdc.gov/DocumentsApp/Anthrax/11072001/parents.asp).
  • 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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