Supplementary Material for: An Aggregate of Four Anthrax Cases during the Dry Summer of 2011 in Epirus, Greece
2015-11-03T00:00:00Z (GMT) by
<b><i>Background:</i></b> Human anthrax is currently a sporadic disease in Europe, without significant regional clustering. <b><i>Objective:</i></b> To report an unexpected aggregate of anthrax cases and correlate local climatic factors with yearly anthrax admissions. <b><i>Methods:</i></b> Clinical description of a geographical-temporal anthrax aggregate, correlation of disease admissions with local weather data in the period 2001-2014 and literature reports of anthrax clusters from Europe in the last 20 years. <b><i>Results:</i></b> We identified 5 cases, all cutaneous: an unexpected aggregate of 4 cases in mid-summer 2011 (including a probable human-to-human transmission) and a sporadic case in August 2005, all in relatively dry periods (p < 0.05). Remarkably, 3/6 reports of human anthrax aggregates from Europe were observed in Balkan Peninsula countries in the year 2011. <b><i>Conclusion:</i></b> In the light of the predicted climatic change, unexpected anthrax aggregates during dry periods in southern Europe underscore the risk of future anthrax re-emergence on this continent.