1. Exterior, U.S Consulate in Yekaterinburg, Russia
3. U.S flag
4. Exterior building
5. Wide shot building, pan left
6. Door into building
7. Various, people walking past building
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Robin Holzhauer, Press Officer, US Consulate, Yekaterinburg
"Naturally the health and safety of our employees and the visitors to the consulate is our highest priority. Medical experts that we consulted in both Moscow and Yekaterinburg advised us that the likelihood of exposure to anthrax 13 days after the bags arrived in Yekaterinburg is very slight. On October 26, one consulate employee decided to take a course of antibiotics as a precautionary measure, and he'll continue taking that medication for the next 50 days. He is not ill and shows no symptoms of any illness. Medical experts have told us that our remaining employees do not need to begin any antibiotic treatments, and no other employees have shown any symptoms of any disease. We've been working closely with local public health officials and will continue to do so. And the consulate remains open for business."
7. Medical worker in a laboratory
8. Hands taking out test-tube out of a box
9. Medical worker at test
12. Table with test-tubes
14. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Vadim Leonidov, Doctor
"There is no reason for anyone in Yekaterinburg to get scared and to run to the local drug store for antibiotics. The amount of anthrax discovered is really negligible."
A diplomatic mailbag sent from Washington to the US consulate in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg tested positive for anthrax spores, consular officials said on Tuesday.
The consulate asked the Russian State Centre for Medical-Epidemiological Control to test six mailbags received on October 25, after the US State Department notified consular officials that an employee in its Virginia mail handling facility had contracted anthrax, according to a statement from the consulate.
The first round of tests uncovered no traces of anthrax, but a second test found spores in one of the bags.
One employee at the consulate has been taking antibiotics to ward off the disease, but he has not shown any symptoms of illness.
The source of the anthrax was unclear, and the consulate did not say whether anyone outside the consulate had had contact with the mailbag.
The consulate is working full-time as usual.
The incident occurred in a city that housed a Soviet-era germ warfare laboratory that produced anthrax, and where an accident in 1979 released spores that killed at least 68 people.
Russian officials have insisted that Russia could not be the source of anthrax spores now circulating in the United States.
The State Department mail facility in Virginia was one of more than a dozen in the United States where anthrax has been found.
A top Russian health official said that as of last week, 252 envelopes containing suspicious white powder had been received in Russia, but none of them have proved to contain anthrax.