Experts respond to Harvard anthrax response study

Universal Detection Technology has responded to a recent Harvard School of Public Health poll that found 39 percent of Americans facing a significant anthrax threat would delay taking prophylactic antibiotics.

According to the poll, 89 percent of citizens facing an anthrax threat would follow recommendations from public health officials for prophylactic antibiotics.

"Once a positive identification of a trace of anthrax is found, prophylactic antibiotics can be administered to first responders and others that might have come into contact with the deadly bioagent," Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology, said. "UNDT's 5 agent biodetection kits can detect the presence of anthrax and four other agents commonly used as bioweapons in as little as three minutes, allowing for the immediate and appropriate health response to prevent deadly illness," continued Tizabi.

The national poll, aimed at aiding potential planning efforts for public health responses to bioterrorism attacks, also revealed that 21 percent of Americans, when presented with the term "inhalation anthrax," were "not at all familiar" with the term. Additionally, 25 percent of those polled believed that inhaled anthrax is contagious.

A national sample and a sample of people living in areas that have actually experienced anthrax attacks - Washington, DC; Trenton/Mercer County, N.J.; and New York City - were used in creating the poll.