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Health Agencies Update
September 24, 2003

Anthrax vs Flu Symptoms

JAMA. 2003;290(12):1569. doi:10.1001/jama.290.12.1569-a

Symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath may indicate inhaled anthrax infection in patients presenting with influenza-like illnesses, say researchers funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The study team at Cornell University's Weill Medical College combined data from the 11 inhaled anthrax cases from the 2001 mail attacks with 17 historical cases. They compared features of those cases with more than 4000 cases of common viral respiratory tract infections.

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