当前在线人数16367
首页 - 博客首页 - 美国医学教育博客 - 图片阅读 [博客首页] [首页]
九旬炭疽受害人
作者:USMedEdu
发表时间:2008-08-02
更新时间:2008-08-02
浏览:949次
评论:0篇
地址:10.
::: 栏目 :::
现代医学vs“中医”
社会、艺术与医学
住院/FELLOW单位
中外医学网站精选
国内外医学交流信息
生物医学人物
力刀美加医学教育专
临床见习/实习/义工
医学生理学诺贝尔奖
医生助理(PA)职业
医学书籍照片及图谱
社会与医学瞬间定格
医学典故/医史杂谈
USMLE复习和考试
申请和面试住院医生
住院医生生活和工作
FELLOWSHIP
医生就业、工作及生
医学科普及问题解答
美加医学院申请/MCA
中美医学临床教育比
医学新进展及新闻
社会医学伦理

This is a file photo of Ottilie Lundgren, the fifth person to die of anthrax in 2001. Federal prosecutors were planning to indict a government scientist in connection with the anthrax deaths, but the man, Bruce E. Ivins, 62, apparently committed suicide. He died July 29, 2008.
(AP Photo/Immanuel Lutheran Church, File)



A NATION CHALLENGED: THE BIOTERROR THREAT; Mystery Death From Anthrax Is Analyzed
E-MAIL Print Save Share
LinkedinDiggFacebookMixxYahoo! BuzzPermalinkBy DENISE GRADY
Published: March 27, 2002

Ottilie Lundgren, the 94-year-old Connecticut woman who died of inhalation anthrax in November, had the habit of tearing her junk mail in half before she threw it away and may have been infected by anthrax spores as she ripped up her bulk mail, a Connecticut health official reported at a medical conference here today.

How Mrs. Lundgren became infected has never been explained, though the mail has always been suspected. But researchers never found spores in her home or anywhere else that she spent time, even though they took 449 samples from her home and 33 other places she visited, including a beauty parlor and a clinic.

Connecticut's state epidemiologist, Dr. James L. Hadler, said that none of Mrs. Lundgren's first-class mail was found to have passed through contaminated postal centers. But 80 percent of her mail was bulk mail, and some of the bulk mail that went to her town, Oxford, passed through the postal center in Trenton that processed the highly contaminated letters sent to Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick J. Leahy. Connecticut mail may have been cross contaminated in Trenton, and then contaminated machines in Connecticut.

Dr. Hadler said extensive testing of the postal distribution center in Wallingford, Conn., found anthrax spores on 4 of 13 sorting machines. One machine that handled mostly bulk mail had three million spores a month after contaminated mail is thought to have passed through it. On another machine, one of 52 columns of mail bins tested positive for spores -- and it was the same column used for Mrs. Lundgren's mail route.

More than 1,000 postal workers from Wallingford were given a 60-day course of preventive antibiotics.

The question that remains is, Why was Mrs. Lundgren the only person in her town to become infected? Scientists guess that the mail contamination was slight, with too few spores to infect most people. Studies in animals have suggested that a person would have to inhale thousands of spores to become ill. But Mrs. Lundgren may have been especially vulnerable because of her age, and it may have taken very few spores to infect her. However, her death may also mean that the estimates of what makes a lethal dose of spores are not applicable to everyone.

In any case, Dr. Hadler said, he thought it reasonable to advise all people to open their mail gingerly.

Dr. Hadler said the cost of the investigation into Mrs. Lundgren's death was high, though he did not reveal the total.

[上一篇] [下一篇] [发表评论] [写信问候] [收藏] [举报] 
 
暂无评论
 
用户名: 密码:
发表评论
评论:
[返回顶部] [刷新]  [给USMedEdu写信]  [美国医学教育博客首页] [博客首页] [BBS 未名空间站]
 
Site Map - Contact Us - Terms and Conditions - Privacy Policy

版权所有BBS 未名空间站(mitbbs.com) since 1996