1. Home video of anthrax victim Kathy Nguyen playing with neighbour's child
South Bronx - ABC - 5 November, 2001
2. Mid view of church, where memorial service being held
4. Church sign
Rochester, Minnesota - VNR - Recent
5. Various views new test being run in lab
Rochester, Minnesota - VNR - 5 November 2001
6. Wide views of news conference
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr Franklin Cockerill, Mayo Microbiologist
"The events of the last several weeks require as rapid a response as possible. Mayo clinic scientists have developed a new D-N-A test that identifies anthrax in less than an hour, instead of days."
8. Wide view of news conference
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr Franklin Cockerill, Mayo Microbiologist
"A person who has been infected with anthrax typically will have millions or even billions of these bacteria in his or her bloodstream very shortly after infection, particularly the inhalational form and in our laboratory we have been able to validate this test in order to detect only a few anthrax bacteria in a sample."
Arlington, Virginia - APTN - 5 November 2001
10. Exterior view of Pentagon
11. Push in view of guard at Pentagon
12. Views of post office facility
Washington, DC - APTN - 5 November 2001
13. Wide view Longworth building
14. Mid view people walking into building
15. Mid view man walking past sign into building
16. Tilt down view of Hart building
17. Close-up view of Hart sign
18. Tilt up view of decontamination equipment outside of Hart building
One anthrax victim is mourned in the Bronx as the United States continues its struggle to overcome an attack of bioterrorism.
In New York, Kathy Nguyen was remembered as a pious and well-liked neighbour at a funeral on Monday in the South Bronx neighbourhood where she lived for two decades.
Nguyen, an employee of the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, died on Wednesday of the inhalation form of the disease anthrax.
Her diagnosis has particularly troubled investigators, since it is the only case with no known link to the mail service, and raises questions of another form of spread of the disease, as yet undiscovered.
With 17 cases of the disease confirmed nationwide, officials at the Mayo Clinic unveiled a more rapid test for anthrax exposure and said it should help in the event of further threats.
Mayo Microbiologist Dr Franklin Cockerill said the new test will take less than an hour instead of days.
The Mayo Clinic and the Roche company plan to make available, at no charge, about two dozen test kits to qualified laboratories around the country within a matter of weeks.
There was one fresh disclosure of contamination at a private post office inside the Pentagon.
Pentagon officials said on Monday that two postal boxes at a U-S Post Office inside the Pentagon have tested positive for anthrax.
One of the boxes was rented by an unidentified Navy service member and the other was unassigned.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took samples from the office on Tuesday, and two of the 17 samples taken tested positive.
The office was decontaminated on Sunday and "retesting results were all negative," said a statement issued at the Pentagon.
There are 214 post boxes at the concourse post office, which was closed on Monday.
Yellow police tape covered the alcoves housing the boxes, which are located outside the post office itself.
It is separate from the Defence Department's own mailroom, which has been tested twice with negative results, the statement said.
Six employees in the concourse post office had been put on precautionary medication shortly after the discovery of anthrax at Brentwood, the Pentagon said.
A few miles away, scores of lawmakers were allowed back into their quarters in the Longworth House Office Building.
The building, closed at the height of the anthrax scare on Capitol Hill 10 days ago, reopened to all but three Representatives whose offices were found to be contaminated.
The building's reopening left only the Senate Hart Building still shut down among the six large congressional office facilities.
Anthrax-tainted mail was opened in Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office inside the structure, and officials have been planning to begin a decontamination by chlorine dioxide gas in the next few days.
But officials were cheered when Food and Drug Administration mailrooms in Rockville, Maryland, which yielded positive results for the bacteria in initial tests, were cleared in subsequent testing.