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Evaluation of Bacillus anthracis contamination inside the Brentwood Mail Processing and Distribution Center - District of Columbia, October 2001.

Authors
Small-D; Klusaritz-B; Muller-P; NIOSH; NCID
Source
JAMA J Am Med Assoc 2002 Jan; 287(4):445-446
NIOSHTIC No.
20022585
Abstract
During October 19-21, 2001, four postal workers at the Brentwood Mail Processing and Distribution Center in the District of Columbia were hospitalized with inhalational anthrax; two of the workers died. The building, which was closed on October 21, was believed to have been contaminated by a letter containing Bacillus anthracis spores sent to the Hart Senate Office Building (HSOB) that had passed through the postal facility on October 12. A second contaminated letter addressed to another U.S. senator that was processed through the same mail sorter and sort run as the first letter was discovered on November 17. This report describes the results of CDC's evaluation of B. anthracis in the facility, which showed widespread contamination of the facility and suggest that wipe samples and high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum samples complement each other in assessing contamination.
Keywords
Bacteria; Bacterial-disease; Bacterial-dusts; Bacterial-infections; Biological-weapons; Postal-employees; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Materials-handling; Materials-handling-equipment; Materials-testing; Materials-transport; Air-contamination; Air-sampling; Sampling; Sampling-equipment; Sampling-methods; Vacuum-equipment; Ventilation; Region-3
CODEN
JAMAAP
Publication Date
20020123
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0098-7484
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Exposure Assessment Methods
SIC Code
4311
Source Name
Journal of the American Medical Association
State
DC; GA; NJ; OH; VA
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