Found at Federal Reserve Mail Site in Initial Screening
About 20 pieces of mail sent to the Federal Reserve tested positive
for anthrax in preliminary tests. The items have been sent away for
further testing, as those initial tests often prove inaccurate.
"The affected mail was routine commercial
and business mail and did not have any of the characteristics identified
by the FBI as suspicious,'' the Federal Reserve said in a statement.
Security Director Tom Ridge talks about the ongoing investigation
into the anthrax mystery. (5/9/02)
Case of Cutaneous Anthrax Confirmed in Texas
A Texas laboratory worker who had been testing specimens collected
during last year's anthrax outbreak has come down with the less serious
cutaneous, or skin, form of anthrax.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
the unidentified worker went to his doctor on March 4 after noticing
an unusual lesion on his neck, and is being treated with antibiotics.
The lab worker, who is the first person to be diagnosed with anthrax
this year, is expected to make a full recovery. (3/13/02)
Hart Senate Office
Hart Senate office building reopened Tuesday, following a three-month,
$14 million effort to rid the building of spores from a letter laced
with highly- concentrated powdered anthrax.
The letter, opened in the office of Senate Majority
Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) on Oct. 15, forced half of the Senate's
employees into makeshift offices and sparked a complex cleanup involving
fumigation with potent chlorine dioxide gas.
The Hart building was due to open last week, but at
the last minute a bag containing protective clothing from the cleanup
was found behind some ceiling tiles, delaying the reopening. (1/22/02)
Over Faster and More Accurate Anthrax Detectors
Brackett of WTTW reports on efforts
to develop more effective devices for detecting anthrax. (1/04/02)
The Anthrax Vaccine
To Accept or Not to Accept
the tough choices
presented to workers exposed to anthrax and report on the paths
they have chosen to take. (1/03/02)
A CDC presentation of treatment options for postal and other workers
exposed to anthrax. (12/27/01)
Postal, Capitol Hill Workers Offered Anthrax Vaccine
the leading infectious disease expert in the federal government, discusses
the plan to offer thousands of postal and Capitol
Hill workers additional
antibiotics and doses of the anthrax vaccine.
Health officials announced the plan two months
after letters contaminated with anthrax were discovered, causing five
deaths and multiple infections. Most people who were exposed to the
bacteria were given 60 days of antibiotics and are finishing that supply
this week. (12/18/01)
Statement from Department
of Health and Human Services. (12/18/01)
Reports on the Bioterrorism Threat