- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Rapid diagnosis drops anthrax mortality rate
Inhaled anthrax is a treatable infection and not a sure death sentence if doctors recognize the disease early and treat it aggressively, researchers say in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
An analysis in JAMA of the 10 recent cases shows that if doctors speedily give patients a constellation of antibiotics, along with aggressively treating symptoms such as the accumulation of fluid in the chest, the rate of survival is high.
"The fact that six of these patients have survived gives hope that the published mortality rates of 86 to 97 percent for inhalation anthrax may not be accurate in the year 2001," Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and Dr. H. Clifford Lane, both of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said in the JAMA editorial.
The rate of survival 60 percent for the recent inhalation cases could well improve for future infections because doctors across the country now are aware of anthrax and its symptoms.

CDC tests blood of physician for anthrax
TRENTON, N.J. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing the blood of a New Jersey physician who believes he might have contracted skin anthrax in the first week of September.
The date is significant because it precedes the mailing of anthrax-tainted letters sent about Sept.18.
Dr. Gerald M. Weisfogel, a cardiologist with offices in northern New Jersey, is one of 4,300 people who have called the state worried they might have anthrax.

Astronaut, cosmonaut take spacewalk
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut ventured out on a spacewalk yesterday to hook up cables and test a crane on the International Space Station.
It was the first spacewalk for station commander Frank Culbertson and almost certainly his last. His four-month mission is nearing an end, and if he ever returns to space, it will be in his old shuttle-piloting job.
Space station Alpha was soaring 250 miles above the Pacific when Mr. Culbertson emerged, nearly an hour late because of the need to redo a spacecraft leak check.

Arson blazes part of wildfire season
PIKEVILLE, Ky. Heavy smoke shrouded eastern Kentucky's mountains yesterday as the southern Appalachian region's worst fire outbreak in a decade threatened to get worse, with no rain in sight for at least a week.
Kentucky's blazes have burned 146,500 acres so far this year, the worst in a Southern wildfire season that also has burned parts of Maryland, the Virginias, the Carolinas and Tennessee.
Twenty-three new fires covering about 1,000 acres were reported yesterday in eastern Kentucky, said Gwen Holt, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Division of Forestry.
Five persons have been arrested on arson charges in eastern Kentucky.

Homosexuals feel more accepted
MENLO PARK, Calif. About three-fourths of homosexuals and bisexuals feel more accepted by society now than a few years ago, but about the same percentage say they have experienced discrimination, according to a survey released yesterday.
The findings by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation were based on telephone interviews with 405 randomly selected self-identified lesbians, homosexuals and bisexuals in 15 major U.S. cities last November.
Seventy-six percent of homosexuals and bisexuals surveyed reported they felt more accepted. However, 74 percent reported encountering verbal abuse, while 32 percent said they experienced physical abuse or damage to their property because of their sexual orientation

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