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Docs Still at Front Line in Detecting Bioterrorism

October 26, 2011
by Michael Smith
MedPage Today

 

Some individual clinician will be the key player the next time there's a covert bioterrorism attack, like the anthrax episode a decade ago.

Despite a marked increase in resources aimed at detecting and foiling bioterrorism, "it's going to be a practitioner who diagnoses the next covert attempt," according to Larry Bush, MD, of JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla.

Bush should know. He made the initial diagnosis of anthrax inhalation after a confused and feverish Robert Stevens walked into the emergency ward on Oct. 2, 2001 -- a diagnosis that kicked state and federal health agencies into high alert and probably saved dozens, if not hundreds, of lives.

 

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