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Volume 8, Number 10—October 2002
Bioterrorism-related Anthrax
Bioterrorism-related Anthrax

Call-Tracking Data and the Public Health Response to Bioterrorism-Related Anthrax

Joshua A. Mott*Comments to Author , Tracee A. Treadwell*, Thomas W. Hennessy†, Paula A. Rosenberg*, Mitchell I. Wolfe*, Clive M. Brown*, and Jay C. Butler†
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Anchorage, Alaska, USA;

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Table 2

Nature of reported exposure reported in telephone calls referred to the State Liaison Team, October 8 to November 11, 2001

Reported exposure No. Percent (%)
Received letter or package with suspicious powder 181 37.7
Visited location where Bacillus anthracis was isolated 102 21.3
Unspecified exposure to suspicious powder 81 16.9
Received mail from mail facility where B. anthracis was isolated 57 11.9
Received suspicious package without powder 20 4.2
Other 38 7.9
Unknown 1 0.1
Total 480a 100

a n = 480 calls, including a report of exposure.

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1 Percentages do not add up to 100% as a call could include more than one topic (e.g., requests for information about more than one topic) or type of caller (e.g., caller is a physician who works at a state health department).

2Percentages do not add up to 100% because callers often reported more than one sign or symptom.

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