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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2000) Unexplained illness and death among injecting drug users: Glasgow, Scotland; Dublin, Ireland; and England, April-June 2000. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report , 49 , (22) , pp. 489-492.

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Since April 19, 2000, 30 injecting-drug users (IDUs) died or were hospitalized with unexplained severe illness in Glasgow, Scotland. Illness was characterized by extensive local inflammation at a subcutaneous or intramuscular injection site often followed by hypotension and circulatory collapse. Since April 24, 2000, 15 IDUs in Dublin, Ireland, and 14 IDUs in England with similar illnesses have been identified. Despite debridement and broad spectrum antibiotics, 30 (51%) of the 59 patients in all three countries have died. This report further describes the clinical syndrome and key epidemiologic features of the illness as characterized by a preliminary investigation by health authorities in Scotland, Ireland, England, and the United States (1).

 

Item Type:Article
Date:2000
Call No:GA2, TL4.10.4, VH4
Page Range:pp. 489-492
Publisher:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Corporate Creators:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Volume:49
Number:22
Keywords:abscess, Bacillus, Clostridium, Dublin, intravenous drug user, Scotland, Staphylococcus aureus, subcutaneous injection
Notes:Abstract from pubmed. (Periodical Article)
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Accession Number:HRB 693 (Available)
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Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > Scotland
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > England
G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Bacterial disease

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