2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Ivan Walks, Washington DC Chief Health Officer:
"We have a gentleman who worked at the Brentwood mail handling facility here in Washington DC that presented at a local hospital here in Virginia with a clinical presentation suspicious for anthrax. Those tests have come back, that is now confirmed. However, his treatment was initiated based on those suspicions. He is currently receiving appropriate treatment, he is in that facility, and our CDC (Centres For Disease Control) partners have a physician on site, at that facility, monitoring his progress."
3. Exterior of Brentwood Post Office in Washington DC
4. Various interiors of Brentwood Post Office with people sorting mail
5. Wide shot of Washington DC Mayor Anthony Williams speaking
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Anthony Williams, Washington DC Mayor:
"We're going to do everything we can and everything we have to do, working with the postal service, working with the CDC, with federal officials, with the state of Virginia and Maryland, our hospital association, through our public health department to see that people are getting the treatment they need when they need that treatment, irrespective of where they are or where they come from, what they look like or where they work. That's very, very important."
7. Various exteriors of Inova Fairfax Hospital
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Brown, Administrator Inova Fairfax Hospital:
"Today, the Virginia State Department of Health confirmed the results of lab tests that showed the patient has inhalation anthrax. We are expecting additional test results from the CDC today. The patient is listed in serious, but stable condition and is being treated aggressively with antibiotics. The CDC is asking that people who worked in the Brentwood Postal facility in Washington DC, and the BWI Postal facility where the individual is also employed, to go to One Judiciary Square at 441 H St, NW, in Washington DC today to receive antibiotics at no charge as a precaution."
9. Mid shot people walking into One Judiciary Square to be tested for anthrax
10. Mid shot front of building at One Judiciary Square
11. Close up hands holding free dosage of Cipro
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Dan Nichols, US Capitol Police spokesman:
"The House leaders and the Senate leaders advise that tomorrow, and until we have definitive test results, the House and Senate office buildings will remain closed. Based on the advice of scientists and health care professionals though, the House and Senate leaders have determined that the United States Capitol will be open for legislative business tomorrow."
A postal worker in Washington D-C is said to be "gravely ill" with inhaled anthrax, the third person to come down with the most serious form of the disease.
According to the city's Mayor, Anthony Williams, the U-S government plans to test another 2-thousand-150 mail employees.
The man, who hasn't been identified, is the ninth person to be diagnosed with anthrax in a series of infections, most of which have been linked to contaminated letters sent to U-S media outlets and politicians.
One man in Florida died early this month.
Six of the victims have been exposed through the skin, a less serious form of the disease.
The Washington postal worker checked into a suburban hospital on Friday and was diagnosed on Sunday morning, said Dr. Ivan Walks, chief health officer for the city.
A spokeswoman for Inova Fairfax Hospital said the man is in serious condition.
But Walks said the man was on antibiotics and was expected to make a full recovery.
More than 2-thousand employees at the Brentwood central mail processing centre for the capital and another 150 employees at the air mail handling centre near Baltimore-Washington International Airport will be tested for exposure to anthrax spores and receive treatment, Williams said.
The anthrax cases have seriously hampered business of the U-S Congress is recent days, closing many offices.
The Capitol doctor said 4-thousand-500 to 5-thousand people have been tested for anthrax since a letter containing anthrax was discovered last Monday in Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office.
Twenty-eight of those have tested positive for exposure to anthrax but none have contracted the disease.
Congressional leaders said they would reopen the Capitol on Monday, though House and Senate office buildings would remain closed until results from environmental testing are complete.
The sweep through the Capitol complex continued on Sunday.
Police Lt. Dan Nichols later announced that the House and Senate office buildings would remain closed on Monday, although the Capitol would be open.
Nineteen buildings, including and surrounding the Capitol, have undergone environmental surveys and anthrax spores have been found in four of them, Nichols said.
Walks said it wasn't known immediately if the postal worker was exposed from the same letter found in Daschle's office.
On Saturday, the anthrax threat widened as health inspectors found the potentially deadly bacteria in a mail bundling machine in a House office building just a few blocks from the Capitol.
The swab of the machine was taken on Wednesday, confirmed on Saturday and marked the first time traces of anthrax have been found on the House side of Capitol Hill.
In New Jersey, federal agents retraced a postal route, searching for the mailbox in which someone may have deposited letters laced with anthrax.
Investigators focused their work on Trenton, New Jersey, where the letters to Daschle and N-B-C News anchorman Tom Brokaw were mailed.