1. Medium shot police officer in front of car in vicinity of Ford building
2. Close up "Staff only, no thru street"
3. Close up sign visitors entrance
4. Close up sign Ford House Office Building
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt Dan Nichols, Spokesperson for Capitol Hill Police
"This morning, after doing the environmental sampling around the capitol complex, it was discovered that a sample came back from the Ford House office building mail room as positive for anthrax and its important to realise that this was not an unexpected situation. We've been trailing the mail through the capitol complex for quite some time and after the discovery in the Hart and the Dirksonand also the US Police on sight delivery center, testing was done at the Ford Center mailroom."
6. Wide shot of news conference with Lt Dan Nichols behind John Eisold, attending physician
7. SOUNDBITE (English) John Eisold, Attending Physician
"As you are aware, we have tested over 4,000 people and have not found any further positive findings than we have already reported. We have identified a zone in which people need full dose therapy for a two month course of treatment. That process of giving results back and treating people is ongoing and at this time none of the people who have demonstrated exposure, have become symptomatic. This new finding in the Ford building, as explained by the Lieutenant, is actually not surprising if you follow the trail of the mail."
8. Medium shot exterior Ford center with pan to road with police
9. Close up sign "Staff only, no through Street"
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt Dan Nichols, Spokesperson for Capitol Hill Police
"As it stands right now the goal is for the Senate to come back on Monday and for the House to come back on Tuesday. Now we'll have to evaluate further to see if this changes that balance or not."
Authorities have discovered evidence of anthrax in a House of Representatives office building that processes mail for lawmakers, congressional officials said on Saturday, as hazardous materials teams methodically worked their way across Capitol Hill.
The anthrax was found in a mail bundling machine in the Ford House Office Building, three blocks from the U.S. Capitol, where mail is directed to the Longworth Building, which houses the offices of Gephardt and House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
The finding in the Ford Office Building brought to three the number of facilities believed to be tainted by anthrax.
It marked the first time evidence had been found on the House side of the complex.
The announcement of the discovery at the House building came five days after nearly 30 people in Congress were exposed to anthrax after an envelope, disguised as a letter from schoolchildren and laced with the bacteria, was opened in the office of Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle.
The disclosure came as authorities said they had pinpointed the New Jersey post office sorting box from which anthrax-bearing letters were sent, advancing their investigation even as two more people were found to have the skin form of the disease.
It is not known whether any affected mail from the Ford House building was delivered. No details on how the bacteria reached the mailroom were immediately available.
Mailroom workers in the Ford House will be tested for possible anthrax exposure but there were no plans to extend testing to other workers, officials said.
The new find added to a growing anthrax scare throughout the United States, where eight people are confirmed to have been infected with the potentially deadly bacteria so far.