UK doctors given guidance on dealing with anthrax

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 20 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:883
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The UK Public Health Laboratory Service has rushed out provisional guidelines, backed up by a letter from the Department of Health, on how to deal with a deliberate release of anthrax in the United Kingdom, following the outbreaks in the United States.

    The guidance, in the weekly Communicable Disease Review, sets out how to recognise the various forms of the infection, how to treat patients, and how to deal with samples, and explains the need for protective clothing for some frontline healthcare staff. The deputy chief medical officer, Dr Pat Troop, has asked for the guidance …

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