NH Anthrax Patient Improves, Cleanup To Begin

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A New Hampshire woman who contracted a rare form of anthrax at a drum circle gathering has improved and is able to answer questions from state health officials.

Dr. Jodie Dionne-Odom, the deputy state epidemiologist, wouldn’t give details, but said the patient’s responses back up the theory that she swallowed anthrax spores propelled into the air by drumming at the United Campus Ministry building in Durham.

The woman became ill in early December and had been in critical condition with gastrointestinal anthrax.

Anthrax spores were found on two drums and four other spots in the building. Dionne-Odom said Wednesday that contractors will spend several weeks decontaminating five rooms before the building can reopen.

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