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Document ID (ISN)100308
CIS number 02-1464
ISSN - Serial title 0339-6517 - Documents pour le médecin du travail
Year 2001
Convention or series no. DMT 88 TC 84
Author(s) Bayeux-Dunglas M.C., Balty I., Le Bâcle C.
Title Anthrax: A "forgotten" disease that is now a bioterrorist risk
Original title Le charbon: une maladie professionnelle "oubliée" devenue menace bioterroriste [in French]
Bibliographic information 4th Quarter 2001, No.88, p.375-387. 25 ref.
Abstract Anthrax is an animal disease transmissible to humans. It has been listed in the French schedule of occupational diseases since 1938. It is not well understood and is often overlooked, because just a few general practitioners or occupational physicians have ever been confronted with cases. Since September 2001, this disease has emerged at the forefront of the news in a context of international terrorist risk. The French National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Research (INRS) has received numerous requests for information, both on the disease itself and on preventive measures to be adopted in the mailrooms of enterprises. Since it involves a terrorist threat, the recommendations presented in this article are in line with those adopted by public agencies and are aimed at minimizing the consequences both for exposed persons and for the enterprise as a whole.
Descriptors (primary) France; anthrax; terrorism; postal services; safe working methods; emergency-treatment organization
Descriptors (secondary) public OSH institutions; bacilli; pathology; data sheet; limitation of exposure; personal protective equipment; medical treatment; diagnosis
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Communications industry
Violence and terrorism
First aid and emergency organization