1. Hey did you all watch the news tonite about the man in Fl who has anthrax?????? what is the deal with that ????? Any opinions?
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  3. by   Tiara
    It sounds as though they're downplaying it as an "isolated case" which it well could be I guess, but who has heard of anthrax in over twenty years? My guess is there's not much to do but wait and see if any more cases develop.
  4. by   Ltkristarn
    I saw that as well. Hmmmmm????? Well, at least I have my antrax shots- poor guy
  5. by   Dplear
    Actually Anthrax cases do pop up occasionally. Cows still get it and pass it on to humans all the time. If this guy had contact with cattle or even waste products from cattle he could easily contract it.
  6. by   debbyed
    Where? When? Who? How?
  7. by   Chellyse66
    Frankly it has me extremely concerned. I believe they are definitely downplaying any link. The strain that this man has isInhalation anthrax very rare indeed. While there have been cases as recently as last year, in Texas,Dakota's these were of the cutaneous and GI variety, not as deadly. I am waiting on any further reports of more cases, before I believe the media.
    Here is an article: Note that the terrorists lived, and plotted some ten miles from this confirmed case...

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A 63-year-old Florida man has been hospitalized with anthrax, a deadly but rare bacterial infection, public health authorities said Thursday.
    Although authorities are concerned that anthrax might be used in a terrorist strike at the United States, Timothy O'Connor, spokesman for the Palm Beach County Health Department, said, "Right now we believe this is an isolated case and not, in any way connected to terrorist activity."

    The man, an employee of American Media in Boca Raton, Fla., is being treated at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla., a community adjacent to Lantana. He was identified by The Miami Herald as Robert Stevens; the identity was confirmed by other, non-hospital sources.

    "The Lantana resident arrived at the hospital about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday," O'Connor told United Press International. "He was vomiting, had high fever, was delirious and was suffering from seizures."

    O'Connor said the hospital's infectious disease specialist, fearing meningitis, took spinal fluid samples. When analyzed, the specialist noted rod-shaped bacilli, bacteria similar to anthrax.

    Because of fears of terrorist activity, including the possibility that anthrax might be a method of poisoning large populations, O'Connor said the health department had earlier issued heightened awareness circulars to hospitals and health departments.

    He said the hospital doctor sent samples to the State of Florida laboratory in Jacksonville where the sample was preliminarily determined to be Bacillus anthracis - commonly known as anthrax.

    The state lab sent samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga., where the anthrax confirmation was confirmed Thursday, O'Connor said.

    He said the man's condition has deteriorated.

    "He is not conscious. This disease - pulmonary anthrax - is 90 percent fatal. As of now, we do not know how he contracted the disease."

    He is being kept in isolation at the hospital, but O'Connor said anthrax is not a contagious disease. The staff attending the patient wear standard hospital dress, he said.

    O'Connor said there were no plans at present to vaccinate co-workers, neighbors or family members with anthrax vaccine. O'Connor said anthrax has an incubation period that can be as long as 60 days, but more often, symptoms occur within one to six days after contact.

    Anthrax, he said, can occur from eating meat that is not well cooked. It can also be contracted through the air, O'Connor said, but it requires inhaling a large amount of the bacteria to develop the infection.

    "It is not the type of infection caused by casual encounters," he said.

    The patient had visited North Carolina in the week before being ill, but O'Connor said investigators believe that it is more likely the infection was picked up in Florida. Anthrax lives in the soil and can be ingested by goats, sheep and cattle when the bacteria is kicked up and settles on grasses.

    Lantana and Atlantis are located in central Palm Beach County, about seven miles south of West Palm Beach. The hospital is located across the street from a local airport that is believed to have been used as a training facility by the terrorists who hijacked the airliners that were crashed into the World Trade Center towers Sept. 11. They resided in Delray Beach, about 5 miles to the south.

    I will stay posted and alert with this one.
  8. by   Huganurse
    Man with Anthrax has died.
  9. by   StaceRacer1
    What about the idae that maybe this guy was ACTUALLY a TERROIST who MESSED UP BIG BY exposing himself before he acomplished his PURPOSE?????
    CALL ME a conspiracy theorist, but you know what: that is exactly what we need right now!!

    SOMEONE to outhink the bad guys!!!
    WHAT do you think???
  10. by   debbyed
    So now there is a second case in the same company. Still accidental??? Sorry, I'm a suspicious type of person. Someone testing a mode of delivery sounds more believable than accident.
  11. by   essarge
    From what they were reporting yesterday, they found the spore in the first man's office on his computer keyboard. This seems to point to some kind of spray....perhaps a cleaner that was used? Kind of scary to think that maybe the terrorists have put anthrax into bottles of cleaning fluid!! It could affect thousands of people, and since there is a 60 day incubation period, it kind of makes you wonder doesn't it!
  12. by   janine3&5
    I'm in FL, so this am at our monthly team meeting, we were going over early signs and symptoms of Anthrax. Our team leader said that on local news this am it was reported that it is now thought that the Anthrax originated from a letter that was sent to this man (the first guy who died) at his office. Supposedly it had the Star of David on the outside, along with a bunch of jokes (to make sure it got passed around?) Okay, how scary is that?

    We went over all of the early S/S of Anthrax, but as I'm sure most of you know, these are general flu symptoms that most people wouldn't go to the doctor for. We are supposed to be looking for trends of people, from the same workplace, neighborhood, etc. coming to the ER with these Sx. When caught before the sixth day, a four week course of Cipro can reduce the mortality rate to 40%. Starting last week, our micro lab is testing ALL blood cultures for Anthrax.

    (The Anthrax shots are only available to military.)