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Plague kills lab worker.

* Plague kills lab worker. On Sept. 18, 2009, the Chicago Department of Public Health was notified by a local hospital of a suspected case of fatal laboratory-acquired infection with Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague. The patient, a researcher in a university laboratory died from plague in on Sept. 13--the first case of plague from a laboratory-acquired infection since 1959 and the first known death from a weakened form of the germ. The lab worker was working with a weakened strain of Y pestis, one that has not been known to cause harm to humans. The 60-year-old had last worked in the lab on Sept. 4. According to the recently released government report, the man sought medical help with symptoms of influenza on Sept. 10. Three days later, he arrived at a Chicago hospital with fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Despite treatment, he died 13 hours after being admitted to the hospital. The complete report appears in the Feb. 25 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report MMWB).

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Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2011
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