Clinical and epidemiological investigation of a fatal anthrax case in China

  • Haiying Chen First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
  • Wanguo Bao First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
  • Yang Wang First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
  • Kaiyu Zhang First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
  • Feng Wang First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
Keywords: anthrax, interprovincial, epidemiological investigation, outbreak control

Abstract

Anthrax is a recessive infectious disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, and is primarily a zoonotic disease. Until recently, Bacillus anthracis infections were relatively infrequent and confined to agrarian communities in underdeveloped countries. No anthrax cases were reported in Changchun City in the past few decades until a male patient from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region presented the anthrax disease manifestation. This paper describes an anthrax patient’s diagnosis, isolation and treatment which involved institutions in two different Chinese provinces; the foci epidemiological investigation alongside with the outbreak management process, which is of great significance to control the spread of the recessive infection is also described.

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Author Biographies

Haiying Chen, First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
Dr. of Infectious Disease Department
Wanguo Bao, First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
Professor of Infectious Disease Department
Yang Wang, First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
Dr. of Infectious Disease Department
Kaiyu Zhang, First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
Professor of Infectious Disease Department
Feng Wang, First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
Professor of Infectious Disease Department
Published
2015-02-19
How to Cite
1.
Chen H, Bao W, Wang Y, Zhang K, Wang F (2015) Clinical and epidemiological investigation of a fatal anthrax case in China. J Infect Dev Ctries 9:214-217. doi: 10.3855/jidc.5242
Section
Case Reports