Worker Safety

Anthrax as a Biological Weapon
Gloved hands sorting through mail during 2001 anthrax scare

During an anthrax event, certain workers could be exposed to B. anthracis either during the initial attack or when responding to the emergency. The workers that could be at risk include mail handlers (if spores are sent through the mail), law enforcement personnel, healthcare workers, decontamination workers, and critical infrastructure workers who could be exposed to airborne (aerosolized) spores, depending on how the spores were disseminated.