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FOR RELEASE: November 16, 2001
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

Media Advisory:
Bioterrorism and Anthrax Issues

Bioterrorism and Anthrax Update 11/16/01:

  • Since November 7, 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health agencies have identified no new cases of bioterrorism-related anthrax. A total of 22 cases have met the CDC-case definition of anthrax, with 17 of those cases confirmed and 5 being followed as suspect cases.
  • The source of the bioterrorist anthrax attacks has not been identified, and additional cases might occur. Public health authorities, health-care providers, and laboratorians should remain vigilant for cases of anthrax.
  • As of noon today, the Public Health Laboratory of the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) had performed testing on a total of 682 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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