1. Various of apartment building in Greenwich Village, where anthrax-infected man lives
2. Police on street in front of apartment
3. Wide of street in Greenwich Village where anthrax-infected man lives
4. Wide of storage facility in Brooklyn where anthrax-infected drum was kept
5. Close-up of Pinnacle Self Storage in Brooklyn, where anthrax-infected drum was kept
6. Wide of self storage facility, with police and police tape in foreground
7. Close-up of policeman's face
8. Pinnacle Self Storage sign
9. SOUNDBITE (English): Michael Reyes, Vox pop:
"There's a whole mass of places it could be, when he transported it if they had it, it could be here, it could be anywhere. So actually when you think of it like that it is kind of scary, just a little bit."
10. Various of police outside self storage facility
11. Wide of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials entering news conference
12. Journalist with mobile phone
13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Michael Bloomberg, New York Mayor:
"At this time, we have every reason to believe that this infection is an isolated, accidentally and naturally transmitted case. No other illnesses have been reported whatsoever."
14. Wide of Bloomberg speaking at news conference
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Michael Bloomberg, New York Mayor:
"There is no, I repeat, no evidence at this time of any criminal intent associated with this infection."
16. Wide of Bloomberg speaking at news conference
17. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Thomas Freedman, Commissioner of New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:
"There is, at this time, no indication of any risk to the general public. The patient is stable, he has done better than most people with inhalation anthrax do."
A drum-maker in New York who imports raw animal hides from Africa has been infected with anthrax in what is believed to be an isolated accident that poses no public health threat, US officials said on Wednesday.
44-year-old Vado Diomande, who is also a dancer and choreographer, had travelled to the Ivory Coast in west Africa in December and fell ill in Pennsylvania last week shortly after his return, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
There was no evidence of any criminal intent or terrorist connection, the mayor said.
"We have every reason to believe that this infection is an isolated, accidentally and naturally transmitted case," Bloomberg said.
Diomande collapsed after performing last week with a dance company in Pennsylvania, according to the Secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Health.
On February 17, blood tests were taken and by February 20, the tests began to indicate the possible presence of anthrax.
He is in stable condition at a Pennsylvania hospital.
Bloomberg said the man had treated the unprocessed animal hides at a work space in Brooklyn.
Bloomberg said authorities were also screening for contaminants at the man's work area, his vehicle and his Manhattan apartment.
At least four other people, including a family member of the infected man, may have been exposed to anthrax spores and three are being treated with antibiotics, the city health commissioner said.
Anthrax spores are found in soil in many parts of the world, and livestock can become infected by eating contaminated soil or feed.
People can then pick up the infection if they come into contact with contaminated hides or other animal parts.
Teams of federal and city officials planned to search the man's workspace and his apartment to test for additional traces of anthrax.
Officials also wanted to check the areas for any signs that anthrax was being produced to completely rule out the possibility of bioterrorism.
Weeks after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, the nation was on high alert as anthrax-laced letters popped up in several places, including New York City.
The anthrax attacks killed five people across the country, including a New York City hospital worker and two postal workers, and 17 fell ill.
Investigators never determined who was responsible for the attacks.