is diagnosed by radiographic lesions of the thorax that show symmetrical mediastinal widening and by computed tomography (CT) scans that show enlarged hilar lymph nodes, pleural effusion, and airway edema.
In order for a pulmonary anthrax
infection to occur, an individual would have to inhale approximately 10,000 virulent anthrax spores five microns or less deep into their lungs (spores this size will not be visible to the naked eye).
Other previous cases of pulmonary anthrax
- the deadliest kind - were centred on New York and Florida.
AMERICAN authorities were today waiting for test results on six people suspected of having pulmonary anthrax
- the most lethal form.
Both men worked at the central sorting office in the capital where two of their colleagues were last night confirmed as having died of pulmonary anthrax
earlier this week.
A FEMALE postal worker in New Jersey is now suspected of having contracted pulmonary anthrax
Postal Service's Washington mail sorting center on Brentwood Road Northeast, where two employees believed to have had anthrax died Monday and two others are have pulmonary anthrax
The most virulent form, pulmonary anthrax
, which killed the first Florida victim, begins with a mild flu-like fever.
And there is a 99 per cent fatality rate with pulmonary anthrax
, which killed journalist Bob Stevens two weeks ago.
It was not known what symptoms he had, but Mr Stevens was admitted to hospital suffering from confusion and vomiting and later died from pulmonary anthrax
, an unusual strain of the rare disease.
This is also a gripping and frightening story about weapons that could have sent millions to unspeakably gruesome deaths, their tissues dissolving and blood oozing from their nose, mouth, and genitals--as a colleague of Alibek's dies after accidentally injecting himself with the Marburg virus, or suffocating from pulmonary anthrax
, as untold dozens of Russians did when spores were accidentally released into the atmosphere from a secret plant in Sverdlovsk in June 1979.
MaskGuard Corporation suspended its media campaign today that was designed to inform the public about the availability of its filtering face masks, which are used for protection from bio-terrorism including pulmonary Anthrax
Typically, infection occurs through entry of the spores through the skin, by ingestion of contaminated meat, or by inhalation; contamination via these routes commonly results in cutaneous, gastrointestinal, or pulmonary anthrax
, or may manifest as hemorrhagic meningitis (10,12,13).
On August 11 they were told his death had been caused by the rare pulmonary anthrax
which he had contracted by inhaling spores.
Dr John Cowden, consultant in health protection at Health Protection Scotland, said Mr Norris almost definitely died from pulmonary anthrax
and had been a "very, very unlucky man".