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Pulmonary anthrax patients typically received a multidrug regimen of either ciprofloxacin or doxycycline (doxycycline is not used in patients with meningitis as a result of poor drug penetration to the central nervous system [CNS]) for 60 days and another antibiotic such as rifampin, vancomycin, or an aminoglycoside.
He is believed to be the first person in the US to die of pulmonary anthrax strain since 1975.
Radiologic features of pulmonary anthrax include pleural effusions, mediastinal widening, paratracheal or hilar fullness, and parenchymal infiltrates.
The 90-year-old, who has not been named, has pulmonary anthrax.
A New York hospital worker died last night from pulmonary anthrax, the fourth fatality in the United States this month from the germ warfare bacteria and the first not linked to postal workers or the media.
One of the challenges for doctors is that the onset of pulmonary anthrax - the form associated with the US cases - shows symptoms similar to flu or a common cold.
Pulmonary anthrax affects the lungs and death is certain.
Robert Stevens, 63, of Lantana, Florida, contracted pulmonary anthrax, the rarest form of the infection, by inhaling spores of the bacteria.
Robert Stevens, 63, of Lantana, Florida, died at 9pm BST (4pm local time) at the JFK Medical Centre in Palm Beach after being confirmed as having contracted pulmonary anthrax, the rarest form of the infection.
Pulmonary anthrax is much less common and creates flu-like symptoms.

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