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Jan 13, 2014

Jan 13, 2014
Bison in field

Source of rare Minnesota anthrax case never found

The source of the spores that severly sickened a Florida man in 2011 was never discovered.

Dec 13, 2012

Dec 13, 2012

With new rules, few public health labs to handle riskiest agents

(CIDRAP News) – With tougher security requirements set to take effect next April, few state public health laboratories plan to maintain stocks of certain pathogens considered most tempting to bioterrorists, according to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and officials with state labs.

Aug 09, 2012

Aug 09, 2012

Meds-by-mail test reached 95% of targeted homes

(CIDRAP News) – Mail carriers reached about 95% of targeted Twin Cities addresses in a recent test of a plan to deliver antibiotics to people's homes in response to a bioterrorism attack, and some confusion about lines of authority was the main glitch, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

May 07, 2012

May 07, 2012

Twin Cities medicine-by-mail test called successful

(CIDRAP News) – Without any major hitches, mail carriers delivered empty pill bottles and fliers to about 37,000 Twin Cities area homes yesterday to rehearse part of the planned response to an anthrax attack or widespread disease outbreak, according to officials involved in the exercise.

Mar 21, 2012

Mar 21, 2012

Twin Cities to test mass delivery of emergency meds by mail

Editor's note: This story was revised on Mar 28, 2012, to correct the list of other cities that are working on medication-delivery programs similar to the one in the Twin Cities.

Aug 30, 2011

Aug 30, 2011

Early diagnosis, treatment helped Florida man beat anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – Early diagnosis and treatment were crucial in helping a Florida man beat the odds by recovering from inhalational anthrax, a rare and often deadly disease, according to a Minneapolis physician who treated him.

Aug 10, 2011

Aug 10, 2011

Anthrax investigators hope to learn where exposure occurred

(CIDRAP News) – An investigation into the origins of Minnesota's first human anthrax case in many years is focusing on where the patient might have been exposed to the deadly pathogen, Minnesota State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield said today.

Aug 09, 2011

Aug 09, 2011

Minnesota officials confirm case of inhalational anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – A person hospitalized in Minnesota has contracted inhalational anthrax after traveling in western states, officials from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced today.

In a release, the MDH said that the agency and its partners at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating the infection, which apparently stemmed from environmental exposure.

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