|Title||Anthrax Cases Associated with Animal-Hair Shaving Brushes.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Szablewski CM, Hendricks K, Bower WA, Shadomy SV, Hupert N|
|Journal||Emerg Infect Dis|
|Date Published||2017 05|
|Keywords||Animals, Anthrax, Bacillus anthracis, Disease Outbreaks, Hair, History, 19th Century, History, 20th Century, History, 21st Century, Humans, United States|
During the First World War, anthrax cases in the United States and England increased greatly and seemed to be associated with use of new shaving brushes. Further investigation revealed that the source material and origin of shaving brushes had changed during the war. Cheap brushes of imported horsehair were being made to look like the preferred badger-hair brushes. Unfortunately, some of these brushes were not effectively disinfected and brought with them a nasty stowaway: Bacillus anthracis. A review of outbreak summaries, surveillance data, and case reports indicated that these cases originated from the use of ineffectively disinfected animal-hair shaving brushes. This historical information is relevant to current public health practice because renewed interest in vintage and animal-hair shaving brushes has been seen in popular culture. This information should help healthcare providers and public health officials answer questions on this topic.
|Alternate Journal||Emerging Infect. Dis.|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC5403022|
|Grant List||/ CC / CDC HHS / United States|
Anthrax Cases Associated with Animal-Hair Shaving Brushes.
Submitted by job2075 on September 11, 2018 - 4:25pm