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Volume 9, Number 6—June 2003

Perspective

An Ounce of Prevention is a Ton of Work: Mass Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Anthrax, New York City, 2001

Susan Blank*†Comments to Author , Linda C. Moskin†, and Jane R. Zucker*†1
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, New York, USA

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Table 1

Chronological summary of six anthrax events requiring PODsa

Event Location No. of eligible persons registered Total hours of operation Briefing format for eligible persons oral/written Antibiotics Nasal swabs
taken
1
Media 1
1,322
42
No/yes
Yes
Yes
2
Media 2
763
36
No/yes
No
Yes
3
Media 3
175
25
Yes/yes
No
Yes
4
Media 4
354
14
No/yes
No
Yes
5
USPS
7,081
67
Yes/yes
Yes
No
6 Hospital 1,923 28 No/yes Yes No

aPOD, point of distribution (for antibiotics); USPS, U. S. Postal Service.

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1All three authors contributed to the concept and design of this paper. Susan Blank wrote the first draft. Major editings and additional material were contributed by Linda Moskin and Jane Zucker.

2Deputization formally gives a volunteer responsibilities and privileges during the temporary assignment as an agent of DOH. Responsibilities include following DOH rules on confidentiality, handling medical records, making decisions on DOH’s behalf, and stewarding resources (especially medications and equipment) according to DOH protocol. DOH will in turn offer some protections (e.g., proper equipment, malpractice coverage, worker’s compensation coverage).

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