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Anthrax Patient’s Condition Still Serious

March 11, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ A drum maker hospitalized with inhalation anthrax remained in serious condition Saturday after suffering a setback this week, hospital officials said.

Vado Diomande apparently became infected after importing raw animal hides from Africa for use in drums. He traveled in December to Ivory Coast and became ill shortly after he returned, bringing several goat hides with him.

The 44-year-old’s condition was downgraded from fair to serious late Thursday when he ``experienced a temporary setback in his recovery,″ according to a statement from Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.

Contracting inhalation anthrax from natural sources is rare. The last U.S. case not linked to terrorism occurred in 1976.

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