Michael Waters, MD

Atlanta Center for Gastroenter




Clinical Consultation: Could your patient's flu-like illness really be inhalation anthrax?

April 01, 2005

In 2001, 11 US residents contracted inhalation anthrax as a result of the deliberate mailing of 4 letters containing anthrax spores. Five died as a result. Several of these patients presented to physicians before becoming fatally ill, but their illness was misdiagnosed as influenza.1