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Current News Anthrax cases among drug users in Europe: second update Papers published documenting the public health legacy of the London Olympics Health Protection 2012 being held at Warwick University Infection Reports

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Papers published documenting the public health legacy of the London Olympics Health Protection 2012 being held at Warwick University Anthrax cases among drug users in Europe: second update Further to the recent cases of anthrax among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Europe and Scotland [1], a similar case has now been confirmed in England (Blackpool). This brings the total to eight confirmed cases in Europe since early June 2012. The case in Blackpool was an adult who was known to inject drugs, and who died in hospital. It is possible that further cases may be seen. Drug users may become infected with anthrax when heroin is contaminated with anthrax spores. This could be a source of infection if injected, smoked or snorted – there is no safe route for consuming heroin or other drugs that may be contaminated with anthrax spores. Staff within the NHS were made aware of the possibility of cases of anthrax in PWID following the case in Scotland. This was done via an NHS Central Alert cascade sent 27 July 2012. The key message was to be alert to the possibility of anthrax infection in heroin users presenting with severe soft tissue infections or sepsis, or with signs/symptoms of inhalation anthrax, or with haemorrhagi

Year: 2012
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