Latest on anthrax cases in Florida
Dateline: Boca Raton 11 October, 2001
Date: 10/12/2001 04:00 AM
1. Camera follows Stephanie Dailey (anthrax victim) getting out of a car and walking to microphones
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephanie Dailey, Anthrax sufferer:
"I just want to say I'm fine, not in the hospital obviously and I went to work today and I'm taking the medication like everybody else and I'm doing good."
3. Wide of Dailey listening to reporters' questions
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephanie Dailey, Anthrax sufferer:
"When I first found out - you know, it was like the wind was knocked out of you, you don't know exactly what all of it means until it's explained to you. And knowing that I can take the medicine and do the 60 days and you know be fine."
5. UPSOUND: (English) Stephanie Dailey, Anthrax sufferer:
"I really don't know."
6. Pans out to wide of police and officials
7. UPSOUND (English) Stephanie Dailey, Anthrax sufferer:
8. Camera follows her walking into house
A Florida woman, who tested positive for the deadly bacteria Anthrax, has returned to work and told reporters camped outside her house that she feels fine following emergency treatment.
Stephanie Dailey is one of three tabloid newspaper employees who were exposed to anthrax. One of her co-workers at American Media died as a result of the exposure.
Dailey, 35, tested positive for anthrax after a nasal swab test. While she returned to work on Thursday investigators were still trying to find the source of the bacteria.
The case has prompted widespread fear in south Florida and raised concerns across the country about a biological attack using anthrax.
Authorities say the contamination is limited to the American Media building in Boca Raton and that there is no evidence of terrorism. Federal authorities have begun a criminal investigation.
Bob Stevens, a 63-year-old photo editor for the Sun tabloid, died on Friday of inhaled anthrax which is an especially rare form of the disease.
Traces of anthrax were later found in the nasal passages of a mailroom employee, Ernesto Blanco, 73, and on Stevens' computer keyboard.
The three-story, American Media building has been closed for 30 days and hundreds of employees are awaiting test results to see if they've been exposed.
Dailey's neighbours, meanwhile, say the case has made them more aware of their vulnerability.
"Everything that's happened so far in the last month is hitting closer and closer to home, now it's right across the street," said Jason Tengbergen, who lives three doors away from Dailey.