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AnthraxThe Investigation of a Deadly Outbreak$
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Jeanne Guillemin

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222045

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222045.001.0001

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(p.131) 13 Resignation

Jeanne Guillemin

University of California Press

This chapter studies the interview with Dr. Margarita Ilyenko, the director of Hospital 24. It relates her experiences during the initial outbreak, where the early victims of anthrax were not autopsied, and that there were bodies piled up in the hospital morgue and in the hall. Ilyenko reveals that it was a Dr. Nikiforov, who came in from Moscow, who presented them with tainted meat as the explanation of the outbreak. The chapter then describes the neighborhood-level mobilization in response to the outbreak, looks at the vaccines that were administered to the patients, and describes the resignation of the families to the outbreak. It also determines that the 1979 public health response to the outbreak was an obvious attempt from Moscow to restore the confidence of the citizens in the state.

Keywords:   initial outbreak, early victims, Dr. Margarita Ilyenko, tainted meat, neighborhood-level mobilization, vaccines, public health response

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