An outbreak of infection with Bacillus anthracis in injecting drug users in Scotland

C. N. Ramsay, A. Stirling, J. Smith, G. Hawkins, Timothy Brooks, J. Hood, G. Penrice, L. M. Browning, S. Ahmed

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Abstract

An investigation is currently underway to explore and control an outbreak of Bacillus anthracis among drug users (mainly injecting) in Scotland. Contaminated heroin or a contaminated cutting agent mixed with the heroin is considered to be the most likely source and vehicle of infection. Heroin users have been advised of the risk. The risk to the general public is regarded as very low.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-4
Number of pages3
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2010

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