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Anthrax: The Investigation of a Deadly Outbreak

Jeanne Guillemin


In April of 1979 the city of Sverdlovsk in Russia's Ural Mountains was struck by a frightening anthrax epidemic. Official Soviet documents reported sixty-four human deaths resulting from the ingestion of tainted meat sold on the black market, but U.S. intelligence sources implied a different story, and the lack of documentation left unresolved questions. In her investigation of the incident, the author of this book unravels the mystery of what really happened during that tragic event in Sverdlovsk. Anthrax is a virulent and deadly bacteria whose spores can remain in soil for as long as seventy ... More

Keywords: Sverdlovsk, Ural Mountains, anthrax, epidemic, infected meat, black market, bacteria, spores, soil, biological weapon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780520222045
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520222045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeanne Guillemin, author