2. SOUNDBITE: (English) United States Attorney General John Ashcroft "We regard this as an investigation which could become a clear criminal investigation, and we are pursuing this with all the dispatch and care that is appropriate, relying on the expertise of the Centers for Disease Control and health authorities."
West Palm Beach, Florida Oct. 8, 2001
3. Exterior of the office building in which the anthrax was found
4. Close shot of office building
5. Newspaper photo of man who died as a result of anthrax
6. People who work in building standing outside health center, waiting for examination
Washington, DC Oct. 8, 2001
7. SOUNDBITE: US Attorney General John Ashcroft
"Very frankly, we are unable to make a conclusive statement about the nature of this as either an attack or an occurrence, absent more definitive laboratory and other investigative returns."
8. Anthrax under a microscope
West Palm Beach, Florida Oct. 6, 2001
9. Police cars outside house of man who contracted anthrax
10. Investigators outside his house, collecting samples
Washington, DC Oct. 8, 2001
11. Wide shot of Ari Fleischer briefing
12. Cutaway of reporters
13. SOUNDBITE: White House Spokesman Ari Fleischer
"It is a source of concern, and that's why the FBI is investigating along with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)."
U-S Attorney General John Ashcroft said on Monday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F-B-I) is investigating the possibility that the anthrax bacteria detected in two Florida men is a result of terrorism or criminal action.
The bacteria that killed a man last week has been detected in the nose of a co-worker and on a computer keyboard in the office where both men worked.
Bob Stevens, a photo editor at the supermarket tabloid The Sun, died Friday.
The co-worker with the second case of anthrax worked in the mail room of the tabloid for more than 10 years.
Authorities said he was in stable condition Monday at an unidentified Miami-Dade County hospital.
It was not yet clear if anthrax had only infiltrated his nose or if it had spread to his lungs, as well.
On Monday, the F-B-I sealed off the office building where the two men worked as it looks for clues.
Some 300 people who work in the building are being tested by health officials and given protective antibiotics.
In Washington, Ashcroft said the F-B-I is investigating the two cases, but urged, it is still too early to tell whether terrorism was involved.
Earlier Monday, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer would not rule out terrorism as a possible explanation.
Anthrax cannot be spread from person to person.
But the September 11 terrorist attacks have raised fears of biological warfare and there
is particular concern about the origin of the anthrax here.
Anthrax is not normally found in wildlife or livestock in the state, and Stevens lived about a mile from an air strip where suspected hijacker Mohamed Atta rented planes.