Molecular investigation of the Aum Shinrikyo anthrax release in Kameido, Japan

P. Keim, K. L. Smith, C. Keys, H. Takahashi, T. Kurata, A. Kaufmann

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In 1993, the Aum Shinrikyo cult aerosolized Bacillus anthracis spores over Kameido, Japan. Spore samples were obtained from the release site, cultured, and characterized by molecular genetic typing. The isolates were consistent with strain Sterne 34F2, which is used in Japan for animal prophylaxis against anthrax.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4566-4567
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 17 2001


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  • Microbiology (medical)

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