AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2001 Issue 4

Face-to-face with anthrax

What a difference a day makes. The tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001 have affected us all. Due to the threat of biological warfare there has been an increase in the number of patients being seen for treatment or examination directly related to some form of exposure to certain harmful bacterial organisms. One form of harmful bacterial organism presently causing concern for everyone is Anthrax. Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis. This bacterial organism most commonly occurs in wild domestic lower vertebrates (i.e., cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and...

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