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October 4, 2000

Safety Precautions to Limit Exposure From Plague-Infected Patients—Reply

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(13):1648-1649. doi:10.1001/jama.284.13.1647

In Reply: The authors from the Working Group for Civilian Biodefense share Dr Nolte's concerns about the potential limitations of the national autopsy infrastructure to prevent postmortem-associated acquisition of infection. As Nolte points out, guidelines regarding pathogens that might be aerosolized by postmortem procedures are of importance not only to protect against disease caused by biological weapons, but also to prevent the spread of naturally acquired infectious diseases.

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