Look for Links to Past Ricin Letters
Investigators intensified efforts Wednesday
to determine whether the
letter that brought the deadly poison ricin to a Senate mail room
is linked to similarly contaminated letters apparently found last fall
at mail facilities serving the White House and a South Carolina airport.
Seeks Source of Ricin Sent to Senate
Found in Senate Majority Leader's Office
Three Senate buildings were closed Tuesday after tests confirmed that
powder found in the mail room of the office of the Senate majority leader
was the deadly poison, ricin. Julie Fischer of the Henry L. Stimson
Center explains its potential threat. (2/3/04)
Tests Confirm Ricin Found in Senate Office
Rules Military Can Resume Mandating Anthrax Vaccine
U.S. District Judge Emmit Sullivan Wednesday reversed an earlier ruling
and will now allow the Pentagon to continue mandatory anthrax vaccinations
until a trial is held on a lawsuit challenging the policy. (1/7/04)
the judge's initial ruing, experts debated
the merits of the Pentagon's anthrax vaccination program. (12/23/03)
Vaccination Plan Off to a Slow Start
Spencer Michels examines the factors that have
made many hospitals and health care workers reluctant to participate
in the federal government's smallpox vaccination program. (3/14/03)
Bush Announces Smallpox Vaccination Plan
Bush announced that the U.S. plans to vaccinate selected military, embassy
and health care workers against smallpox. Terence
Smith discusses the president's announcement with Dr. Julie Gerberding,
the director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and
Infectious Diseases. (12/13/02)
Care Workers Face Possible Voluntary Smallpox Vaccinations
explores the risks and benefits of preparing for a possible smallpox
attack by inoculating health care workers using a vaccine that carries
its own risks. (11/14/02)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention respond to viewers' questions
about the vaccine.
Julie Gerberding, the Director for the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, discusses how a pre-attack vaccination plan might work.
disease specialist Dr. Paul Offit explains why he was the only person
on a committee advising the CDC to vote against pre-attack vaccinations.
Region Prepares for a Bioterror Attack
Susan Dentzer reports on a simulated pneumonic
plague outbreak and how that exercise helped health care providers and
local government officials in one county prepare for a bioterrorist
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Secretary Dr. Georges Benjamin discusses what he has learned from the
2001 anthrax attacks.
Interview: Dr. Michael Richardson of the Washington, D.C. Department
of Health discusses efforts to thwart a future attack.
Report: The 2001 Anthrax Attacks
The U.S. got its first good look at bioterrorism in 2001 when anthrax
attacks left five people dead and 17 seriously ill.