Anthrax Mailed to U.S. Senator

National Geographic News
October 15, 2001

War Notebook: October 15, 2001

About 40 staff members of the office of the majority leader of the U.S. Senate were quarantined Monday after a letter addressed to Senator Tom Daschle tested positive for anthrax.

All mail deliveries to the Senate were suspended and unopened letters were collected.

Officials said that the package was postmarked Trenton, New Jersey, the same postmark as a letter containing anthrax that was sent to NBC anchor Tom Brokaw.

"I am very, very disappointed and angered," Daschle said at a news conference.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued comprehensive guidelines about how to recognize suspicious items in the mail and what to do if a letter containing anthrax is opened: Go>>

The U.S. Postal Service issued its own guidelines: Go>>

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War Notebook: October 12, 2001

Another case of anthrax infection in America was reported on Friday, this time in New York City, heightening concerns about the possibility of terrorist attacks using bioweapons.

A female employee of NBC News who works at the company's headquarters in Manhattan is being treated with antibiotics for anthrax infection and is responding well, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced at a news conference in New York on Friday.

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