Tuesday, February 5, 2008

anthrax in Zutphen?

february 5 2008

I'm writing this entry because some of my readers are from Zutphen, The Netherlands.

The councilhouse is closed after someone in the postroom opened a package and found powder.

This set of the anthrax alarm.

4 people who have been in contact with the package have undergone the desinfection procedure.
200 others are not allowed to leave the building, they're stick untill it's clear what powder it is.

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Up till now no anthrax has been found in letters or packages in Europe.


Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis.


Symptoms of disease vary depending on how the disease was contracted, but symptoms usually occur within 7 days.

Cutaneous: Most (about 95%) anthrax infections occur when the bacterium enters a cut or abrasion on the skin. It begins as a raised itchy bump that resembles an insect bite. Within 1-2 days this develops into a vesicle and then a painless ulcer, usually 1-3 cm in diameter, with a characteristic black necrotic (dying) area in the center. Lymph glands in the adjacent area may swell. About 20% of untreated cases of cutaneous anthrax will result in death. Deaths are rare with appropriate antimicrobial therapy.

Inhalation results in symptoms that at first resemble a common cold. After several days the symptoms can progress to severe breathing problems and shock. inhalation anthrax is usually fatal.

Eating anthrax contaminated products results in death in 25% to 60% of cases.

Treatment should be started as soon as possible to be effective.
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