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October 16, 2002

Anthrax as a Biological Weapon, 2002: Updated Recommendations for Management—Correction

JAMA. 2002;288(15):1849. doi:10.1001/jama.288.15.1849

Incorrect Wording. Subsequent to the publication of the Consensus Statement entitled "Anthrax as a Biological Weapon, 2002: Updated Recommendations for Management," published in the May 1, 2002, issue of THE JOURNAL (2002;287:2236-2252), the authors wish to make available the following updates based on information from the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In Table 3 on page 2246, the pediatric dosage of ciprofloxacin for "Initial IV [intravenous] Therapy" for inhalational anthrax in the contained casualty setting should read, "10 mg/kg every 12 h (maximum of 400 mg per dose)" and subsequent oral therapy under "Duration" should be "15 mg/kg per dose taken orally every 12 h (maximum of 500 mg per dose)." The doxycycline dosages for children should be based on weight (ie, > or ≤ 45 kg) and not on age.