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Volume 9, Number 4—April 2003

Dispatch

Fear of Bioterrorism and Implications for Public Health Preparedness

Mark S. Dworkin*Comments to Author , Xinfang Ma*, and Roman G. Golash*
Author affiliations: *Illinois Department of Public Health, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Table 2

Results of 28 human specimens submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Laboratories (Chicago laboratory) for Bacillus anthracis testing, October–December 2001a

Organism No. (%) Source (no.)
B. cereus
5 (17.9)
Blood (3), nasal (2)
B. megaterium
4 (14.3)
Blood (2), leg wound (1), abdominal fluid (1)
B. subtilis
2 (7.1)
Blood (2)
B. brevis
1 (3.6)
Wound (1)
B. coagulans
1 (3.6)
Blood (1)
B. firmus
1 (3.6)
Blood (1)
B. pumulus
1 (3.6)
Blood (1)
Paenibacillus macerans
1 (3.6)
Unspecified
Bacillus species, other (not speciated)
12 (42.9)
Blood (8), nasal (1), body fluid (1), cerebrospinal fluid (1), unspecified (1)
B. anthracis

aAfter preliminary testing at an Illinois laboratory could not rule out B. anthracis.

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