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NYC Expands Use Of Bioterrorism Database

Any day now, a patient infected with smallpox could walk into a busy emergency room. The patient would have a rash with a sore throat and a mild fever. Common enough symptoms. The only thing preventing a misdiagnosis by a doctor who has never seen smallpox is a dog-eared reference book with a couple of comparison pictures. “Pattern recognition for something like chicken pox is easy, but anthrax or smallpox is not something most doctors have seen,” says Dr. Dan Weiner, chairman of emergency medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. “The challenge is to quickly identify cases of bioterrorism.” Full Story

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