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10-12-2001, 12:21 PM
front page of cnn....
New York anthrax case confirmed
An NBC employee in New York has tested positive for anthrax, network officials have told CNN. Details soon
no further details yet....
10-12-2001, 12:24 PM
I was just about to post this with a link to this: http://news.excite.com/news/ap/011012/12/news-attacks-anthrax
10-12-2001, 12:25 PM
damn it you beat me to it
10-12-2001, 12:28 PM
Ok. I guess this should be the "official" thread for this story. This is getting rather "interesting" now. We go <mumble> years without a single case of anthrax, and now 4 cases "happen" to pop up. Hmmm. :hmm:
10-12-2001, 12:29 PM
NEW YORK (CNN) -- NBC officials confirmed Friday that an employee at NBC in Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown Manhattan has tested positive for a skin anthrax infection.
The employee is in good condition and expected to recover, according to NBC executives.
"Today we learned that one of our employees at 30 Rockefeller Center has tested positive for the cutaneous (skin) anthrax infection," according to a note to NBC employees from NBC chairman Bob Wright and NBC president Andy Lack.
"It is important to note that this is not the same respiratory anthrax that has been reported in the news. Obviously, we are concerned for the employee's well-being. She has received treatment and is responding well. She is in no danger, and she should recover fully and completely. The Department of Health is coordinating her ongoing care."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , the FBI, and the New York City Department of Health are investigating.
Cutaneous anthrax is not as serious as inhalation anthrax.
any new yorkers working/schooling that area?????
what do you do when you think you got it?
go get tested?
10-12-2001, 12:34 PM
man...this is crazy...
10-12-2001, 12:37 PM
The Excite (AP) story adds this:
The network said it had received some suspicious mail and immediately contacted the FBI, CDC and the New York Department of Health.
"The mail was tested by these organizations, and the employee was treated by several physicians. All these tests came back negative," said the NBC statement. "However, this morning, a later test on the employee came back positive for traces of cutaneous anthrax."
10-12-2001, 12:39 PM
I wonder if the mailman will get sick, too...
10-12-2001, 12:42 PM
what is suspicious mail exactly?
This is getting really scary. I guess my husbands boss has had the flu so bad that he can't walk. Well, they took him to the hospital and he had to go through all the anthrax tests. I'm so mad that we have to worry about this! :angry:
10-12-2001, 12:51 PM
heh . . . and I have a 1:30 appointment to get my hair cut in Rockefeller Center . . . across the street from the NBC building. Oh well, I'll go.
10-12-2001, 02:10 PM
THE NY TIMES thing is being tested...
a more in depth article:
NEW YORK (CNN) -- An NBC "Nightly News" employee who received mail containing a suspicious white powder tested positive for cutaneous (skin) anthrax infection, New York officials said Friday.
Authorities sealed off one full floor and parts of another at NBC's world-famous Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in midtown Manhattan.
In a memo to NBC employees sent Friday morning, NBC President Andy Lack and NBC Chairman Bob Wright stressed that the infection was "not the same respiratory anthrax that has been reported in the news," referring to the cases in Florida.
"Obviously, we are concerned for the employee's well-being. She has received treatment and is responding well. She is in no danger, and she should recover fully and completely. The Department of Health is coordinating her ongoing care," the memo said.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said at a subsequent news conference Friday that "we have no proof whatsoever" that this latest case is connected to terrorist activity. He stressed that anthrax is not contagious in humans and is usually treatable if detected early.
In another incident, white powder was found in an office that deals with correspondence at the State Department in Washington on Friday, spokesman Richard Boucher said during a news briefing. He said the FBI and District of Columbia hazardous materials squads had been called. The office, he said, handles congressional correspondence.
Another State Department official said the area had been secured and no evacuations were considered necessary.
In New York, Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced at a joint news conference with NBC executives that The New York Times also had received a suspicious envelope, and that investigators were testing its powdery contents.
Barry Mawn, head of the New York office of the FBI, said investigators had no evidence the anthrax infection was related to the September 11 terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center towers.
"We see no connection whatsoever to 9-11. The way we will handle this is to open it as a separate matter and proceed from there," he said.
The NBC employee, a woman, is in good condition and expected to recover, NBC executives said. Giuliani said she had a low-grade fever and a bad rash.
The woman, who was not identified beyond her affiliation with "Nightly News" anchored by Tom Brokaw, received an envelope September 25 containing a white powder that tested negative for anthrax. She later tested positive -- the results just became known Friday -- but has been taking antibiotics since October 1.
"She is in good health and good care," Lack told a news conference.
Giuliani said, "We don't have any additional numbers of people reporting symptoms. The chances that this is contained are very good."
The employee was put on an antibiotic regimen as a prophylaxis on October 1, Giuliani said. The positive results became known Friday morning.
"All employees who may have been exposed will be tested," Giuliani said. "And some of those people will be given antibiotics."
Investigators will conduct environmental tests on several areas of the NBC building, he said.
Giuliani said the city was reacting to the incident with "an excess of caution." "Everybody wants to go to the extra lengths to make sure there are no problems," he said.
Wright said the employee received a letter with a suspicious powder and reported it to authorities. The powder, he said, tested negative for anthrax.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FBI, and the New York City Health Department are investigating.
In Washington, an administration official told CNN that President Bush was informed of the latest anthrax case before leaving for an appearance at a March of Dimes event.
A government source told CNN the source of the bacteria was "undetermined" and that state and local public health officials have been in contact with federal health and law enforcement authorities.
Cutaneous anthrax is not as serious as inhalation anthrax, which brings bacteria spores directly into the lungs.
Executives said NBC had tightened security and was in the process of setting up an information center for employees. ABC and CBS officials told CNN they had received no anthrax threats. However, CBS has closed off its mailroom at its New York headquarters, according to CBS spokeswoman Sandy Genelius, who added, "We are no longer taking in any new mail."
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