Incorrect Wording. Subsequent to the publication of the Consensus Statement entitled
"Anthrax as a Biological Weapon, 2002: Updated Recommendations for Management,"
published in the May 1, 2002, issue of THE JOURNAL (2002;287:2236-2252), the
authors wish to make available the following updates based on information
from the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers from Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC).
In Table 3 on page 2246, the pediatric dosage of ciprofloxacin for "Initial
IV [intravenous] Therapy" for inhalational anthrax in the contained casualty
setting should read, "10 mg/kg every 12 h (maximum of 400 mg per dose)" and
subsequent oral therapy under "Duration" should be "15 mg/kg per dose taken
orally every 12 h (maximum of 500 mg per dose)." The doxycycline dosages for
children should be based on weight (ie, > or ≤ 45 kg) and not on age.