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Anthrax Among People Who Inject Drugs(PWID)

Anthrax associated with injecting drug use was first reported in a Norwegian drug user in 2000. Thereafter, further cases were reported in Scotland and England during an outbreak in 2009 and 2010. Since then, a small number of cases have been reported across a number of European Countries (Scotland, England, Wales, Germany,Denmark and France).
The following documents were prepared in response to the outbreak of anthrax among drug users in Scotland during 2009-2010.Some have been updated in light of new cases since June 2012 in Scotland, England, Wales, Germany, Denmark and France.

General Resources

General resources available from Scottish Drug Forum

Guidance for Health Professionals

Case Investigation

Case Management

Infection Control

Laboratory Investigation

Forensic Investigation