Post offices close because of anthrax fears
Story No.: 400403
Dateline: Washington DC, 7 Nov 2003
Date: 11/07/2003 05:00 AM
1. Various of US Postal Service warehouse on V Street
2. Sign saying "Closed Today" on post office door
3. Fire engines driving in to base / push-in to sign at Navy Base Postal Office
4. Street outside L Street Post office
5. Tape across entrance to building
6. Various of police tape around entrances
7. Loading dock at post office entrance
8. Woman on cell phone walking outside post office
9. Tilt up to US flag above post office
As US Postal Service officials awaited test results from several mail facilities on Friday, local officials in the Washington, D.C. area prepared to respond to the possibility of anthrax contamination in their communities.
"There's every reason to hope for the best, but we're also preparing for an alternative contingency," said District of Columbia Mayor, Anthony A. Williams.
The mayor and other regional officials were notified Thursday afternoon that air monitors at a mail sorting facility at the Anacostia Naval Air Station detected an abnormal pathogen.
Tests conducted on an air filter produced positive readings for low levels of anthrax spores. Further tests were being conducted early Friday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Following a series of anthrax attacks in October 2001, the district government led efforts to provide antibiotics for more than 17,000 people after anthrax spores were discovered at the Hart Senate Office Building and a massive US Postal Service facility located in the city.
Two workers from the Brentwood Mail Distribution Center died and several others fell ill following exposure to the bacteria.
The US Postal Service closed eleven facilities in the capital region as a precaution Thursday.
The number included a facility that processes mail destined for the White House and the headquarters of several federal agencies, and three full service post offices in the district, three in Arlington, Virginia and four postal facilities in suburban Maryland, including one at Andrews Air Force Base.
The eleven closed facilities each supplied mail handled at the Navy site.
|Subjects:||Postal service , Military facilities , Biological weapons manufacturing , Shipping , Transportation and shipping , Industrial products and services , Industries , Business , Military and defense , Government and politics , Weapons of mass destruction manufacturing , Weapons manufacturing , Aerospace and defense|
|Organisations:||United States Postal Service, United States government|
|Locations:||Washington , Washington, D.C. , United States|