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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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Fragments of Evidence

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Jeanne Guillemin

University of California Press

This chapter identifies the evidence that helped determine the cause of the anthrax epidemic in Sverdlovsk. It first discusses the “point epidemic” or the large but temporary excess in disease frequency, which usually lasts days or months, and next tries to determine, through interviews, what each anthrax victim was doing in 1979, in the days prior to falling ill. The chapter also reveals that it is the toxins produced by the bacteria (and not the bacteria itself) which are lethal.

Keywords:   evidence, point epidemic, disease frequency, anthrax victim, toxins

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