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Volume 11, Number 1—January 2005


Demand for Prophylaxis after Bioterrorism-Related Anthrax Cases, 2001

Edward A. Belongia*Comments to Author , Burney Kieke*, Ruth Lynfield†, Jeffrey P. Davis‡, and Richard E. Besser§
Author affiliations: *Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA; †Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; ‡Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin, USA; §Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Characteristics of Minnesota and Wisconsin clinicians who received requests for antimicrobial agents to prevent anthrax during the last quarter of 2001

Received requests (%) p value
Prescriber type
Physician 52/157 (33) <0.001
Nonphysician 6/52 (12)
Practice location
Metropolitan area 22/82 (27) 0.82
Nonmetropolitan area 36/128 (28)
Minnesota 29/105 (28) 1.0
Wisconsin 29/105 (28)
Physician specialty*
Family practice 26/62 (41) 0.61
Internal medicine 14/42 (30)
Pediatrics 8/28 (28)
Emergency medicine 2/5 (33)

*Nine physicians who listed 2 specialties and 2 who listed “other” as a specialty were excluded from the frequency distribution for physician specialty.

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