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Welcome to the September NPHL E-News 2021 Edition
Updates from The Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), featuring one or more articles each month. NPHL shares important laboratory and public health information, keeping all clinical laboratories up to date about issues in Nebraska and around the world.
The 20th Anniversary of Amerithrax - Letters containing Bacillus anthracis spores on Sept 18th, 2001
by Tony Sambol, Responsible Official, UNMC Select Agent Program
In September, NPHL staff recall the bioterrorism events after 9/11 known as Amerithrax, where 22 individuals developed anthrax from letters laced with the weaponized form of Bacillus anthracis. Eleven individuals developed cutaneous anthrax and 11 others contracted the inhalational type of anthrax (5 died) when spores were inhaled. Read the full story of what happened in that event.
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