US Anthrax 2
WRAP: Update on anthrax cases and testing, capitol building reopens.
Story No.: 319120
Dateline: Washington DC - 22 October 2001
Date: 10/22/2001 04:00 AM
1. Wide shot of press conference outside DC General Hospital
2. Cutaway of press
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Ivan Walks, Washington DC Chief Health Officer
4. Wide shot of Fairfax Inova Hospital, where two anthrax victims are being treated, zoom into sign
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Ivan Walks, Washington DC Chief Health Officer
"To summarise, we're talking about two confirmed cases who have inhalation anthrax and are in the hospital receiving care, and two postal workers who have expired, neither of whom has a confirmed diagnosis of anthrax. The second postal worker has expired and we do not even have the positive blood cultures that lead us in that direction."
6. Wide pan of the Brentwod Post Office
7. Close shot of post office sign
8. Various postal employees waiting for anthrax testing in auditorium of DC General Hospital
9. Postal employee looking at anthrax fact sheet
10. Close shot of anthrax fact sheet
11. Various postal workers waiting inside hospital for anthrax testing
12. Various tourists outside the empty US Capitol complex
13. Wide shot of Senate leaders with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres
14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle - Responding to a question
"Well the capital of course has been safe and we have ample reason to believe within the next few days we can open up the other buildings as well. We are taking all the precautions required and just as soon as we get the environmental okay we are going to be moving back into those offices as well."
15. Various shots of inspectors in white suits outside House and Senate office buildings
16. Shots of security barricades being placed outside the Capitol building
17. Wide shot of US Capitol building
The anthrax situation in Washington D-C became more grave on Monday.
Health officials said two Washington-area postal workers have been diagnosed with inhalation anthrax and two more employees at the same facility have died of symptoms consistent with this rare form of the disease.
Speaking at a news conference, the city's chief health official said the unidentified man diagnosed with the disease was hospitalised in suburban Virginia, at the same facility where another postal worker was diagnosed over the weekend.
Authorities were also conducting tests on clinical samples from the two postal workers who died after showing symptoms consistent with anthrax.
Doctor Ivan Walks said authorities are investigating nine more cases that have aroused concern.
He said he did not know how many of the nine were postal workers or how many were hospitalised.
The disclosures came as postal workers lined up by the dozens for testing, and city authorities urged anyone connected with the affected Brentwood central mail facility to come forward immediately for screening.
A spokesperson for the U-S Postal Service said there are roughly 2-thousand employees at that Brentwood postal facility in Washington.
Over the last two and a half weeks four men, including one who died, have been diagnosed with inhalation anthrax, a disease not seen in this country since 1978.
Six others, including two postal workers in New Jersey, have been infected with a highly treatable form of anthrax that is contracted through the skin.
Thousands have been tested for exposure to the bacteria.
City officials made their startling disclosures as the Capitol reopened but congressional offices remained shuttered for environmental testing.
Congressional sources said it was unlikely that all the House and Senate office buildings would reopen on Tuesday, as officials had hoped.
Speaking at a photo opportunity with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said it will be the "next few days" before they're ready to reopen.
Environmental sweeps have been done in the buildings since last week's discovery of an anthrax-laced letter in Daschle's office.
Daschle expressed his condolences to the families of the two postal workers who died from symptoms consistent with anthrax, but he said it's important not to "draw any premature conclusions about what happened and how it happened."
Investigators also discovered anthrax over the weekend in a building where mail for House offices is processed.
These officials said there had been no test results yet indicating anthrax in any of the other House office buildings, leaving authorities to wonder whether an as-yet undiscovered piece of mail was the source of spores found on a mail room machine.
|Subjects:||Postal service , Anthrax , Legislature , Municipal governments , Government and politics , Shipping , Transportation and shipping , Industrial products and services , Industries , Business , Infectious diseases , Diseases and conditions , Health , Local governments|
|People:||Shimon Peres , Tom Daschle|
|Organisations:||United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, United States Congress, United States government|
|Locations:||Washington , Washington, D.C. , United States|