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New York City Hall received tape containing anthrax

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SUMMARY:

New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani confirmed Sunday that a tape sent by NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw's office to City Hall contained anthrax.

Giuliani said the tape was sent in the first week of October, before Brokaw's assistant tested positive for the cutaneous form of the disease.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has vaccinated about 140 members of epidemiologic teams that can be summoned at a moment's notice to examine a suspected case anywhere in the country, the New York Times reported Sunday.

President Bush went to the radio Saturday to assure the public that officials are making progress in the anthrax investigation.

"As we learn more about these anthrax attacks, the government will share the confirmed and credible information we have with you," Bush said, noting that health officials were acting quickly to distribute antibiotics for those who may have been exposed to the bacteria.

A mailroom at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington tested positive for anthrax, officials said Saturday. Swabs were taken in the mailroom October 30, and one tested positive. Administrators closed the mailroom and said they have no evidence that anthrax has spread at the facility in the nation's capital.

Treasury Department officials said they hoped to learn during the weekend the results of environmental testing for anthrax at an off-site mail facility. They closed it Friday night following a mailroom worker's discovery of a suspicious letter with a Trenton, New Jersey, postmark. All three known letters laced with anthrax in the United States so far have been postmarked from Trenton.

CASE HISTORY:

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A New York woman with no known connections to recent anthrax incidents dies of the disease. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports (October 31)

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Infections -- 17

Inhalation cases:

Florida -- Robert Stevens, photo editor at American Media Inc. in Boca Raton, died of inhalation anthrax.

Washington -- Two postal workers - Joseph Curseen Jr. and Thomas Morris Jr. -- died of inhalation anthrax. Both worked at the Brentwood mail processing center.

New York -- Kathy Nguyen, hospital supply room worker, died of inhalation anthrax.

Washington -- Two other Brentwood workers, also inhalation anthrax.

Washington area -- State Department mailroom employee, inhalation anthrax.

Florida -- Ernesto Blanco, who worked in same building as Robert Stevens, diagnosed with inhalation anthrax; released from hospital on October 24.

New Jersey -- Two Hamilton Township postal workers, inhalation anthrax.

Cutaneous (skin) cases:

New York-- NBC Nightly News, female assistant to anchor Tom Brokaw; ABC News, infant son of producer; CBS News, female assistant to anchor Dan Rather; unidentified person.

New Jersey -- West Trenton postal worker; Hamilton Township mail processing employee; Hamilton Township bookkeeper.

KEY QUESTIONS:

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BOTTOM LINE:

The president is urging the nation to remain calm as investigators probe the source of anthrax that has turned up in Washington, New Jersey, New York and Florida. Federal agencies are still checking various facilities for the presence of the bacteria, and officials are hustling to make sure antibiotics are available to those who may have been exposed to anthrax.



 
 
 
 



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