Volume 9, Number 10—October 2003
Syndromic Surveillance and Bioterrorism-related Epidemics
|Disposition after initial medical care||No. of patients|
|Admitted to hospital
| Discharged home from ER, subsequent hospital admission
| Discharged home from outpatient provider, subsequent hospital admission
| Blood or CSF culture on hospital admission, presumptive diagnosis <24 h
| Blood culture from preceding ER visit, patient recalled for admission
| Prior antibiotic therapy; clinical suspicion of anthrax; specialized test required to establish diagnosis
aER, emergency room; CSF, cerebrospinal fluid.
1For interval calculations, if reported event dates were discrepant in different case reports, dates reported by Jernigan et al. (13) were used.