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Anthrax Spores Found in Boca Raton, Florida Post Office

Aired October 15, 2001 - 16:29   ET

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JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: And now, we have what has to be considered a disturbing confirmation from Boca Raton, Florida, and that is that a small amount of anthrax spores have been found in a section of a Boca Raton post office. And of course, Boca Raton is very close to the American Media Company. This is the tabloid news company where one employee contracted anthrax, inhaled anthrax, and died from it. Two other employees were exposed to anthrax.

In addition, we're told that this is the post office that handled the mail for the American Media Company, the publishing company. I'm sorry. I misspoke. It was one worker died and seven others were exposed, not just three others.

Officials have now closed down the mail processing area of the post office. They have left the rest of the facility open. And the Associated Press is saying that the Environmental Protection Agency -- and that is the federal agency -- says that it will clean the area in order to decontaminate it.

Once again, this report -- these reports coming from the Associated Press that, as of now, a small amount of anthrax spores have been found in a section of the Boca Raton, Florida post office. So one more disturbing report, if it turns out to be true, from South Florida.

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