Heroin-associated anthrax with minimal morbidity

Heather Black, Anna Chapman, Donald James Inverarity, Satyajit Sinha

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In 2010, during an outbreak of anthrax affecting people who inject drugs, a heroin user aged 37 years presented with soft tissue infection. He subsequently was found to have anthrax. We describe his management and the difficulty in distinguishing anthrax from non-anthrax lesions. His full recovery, despite an overall mortality of 30% for injectional anthrax, demonstrates that some heroin-related anthrax cases can be managed predominately with oral antibiotics and minimal surgical intervention.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2017


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