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19 October 2001 News Update


The Ministry of Health is allaying any public fears of New Zealand being the target of anthrax-armed terrorists.

Deputy director of general public health Dr Don Matheson announced that the subsidised antibiotic ciprofloxacin, used to treat anthrax, is readily available in New Zealand.

US embassies have been advised to stock at least three days supply of the antibiotic.

Other drugs used to treat the disease include penicillin and tetracycline.

Don Matheson said while there is no indication of New Zealand being a target for bio-terrorism, public health and emergency systems are in place if required.

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