Fifth person dies from anthraxBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7324.1270a (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1270
- Deborah Josefson
- San Francisco
A 94 year old woman has become the fifth person in the United States to die of inhalational anthrax in recent weeks. The case has deepened the mystery about the bacteria's source and raised troubling questions about whether more cases are looming.
The woman, Ottilie Lundgren, was a resident of Oxford, Connecticut, a rural farming community of 9000, 30 miles from Hartford, the state capital. For the past year, she was increasingly home bound, only occasionally going to church, the public library, or the beauty salon. She had no connection with the media or politics, and why she should have been targeted or infected with anthrax has baffled both investigators and members of the normally quiet Oxford community. Moreover, preliminary tests …