Third victim of anthrax found in Florida
Dateline: Miami, Florida October 10th, 2001
Date: 11/10/2001 04:00 AM
1. Various of people greeting and hugging each other outside building
2. Still photograph Bob Stevens
3. Close up anthrax strain through microscope
4. Various of outside of American Media headquarters - night time
5. Medium shot of numerous American Media employees outside building
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Lewis, United States Attorney:
"As a result, it is now a criminal investigation."
7. Various of outside of American Media headquarters - night time
8. Close up of anthrax spore through microscope
9. Still photograph Ernesto Blanco
10. Close up of anthrax spore through microscope
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Hector Pesquera/FBI
"There is no indication at this time that this strain of anthrax was produced by a terrorist group or individuals related to the incident of September 11th."
12. Various night shots of bio-hazard clean up crew outside American Media headquarters
13. Various of anthrax strain through microscope
14. Wide night shot of bio-hazard clean up crew outside American Media headquarters
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Lewis, United States Attorney:
"First, how and when was the bacteria introduced into the building? Secondly, by whom? Thirdly, why?"
16. Close up anthrax strain through microscope
A third employee of a U-S newspaper publisher has tested positive for anthrax and the U-S Attorney General Guy Lewis has announced the case has become the subject of a criminal investigation.
But F-B-I agents say there is no evidence linking the anthrax to a terrorist group and cautioned against leaping to hasty conclusions.
The 35-year-old woman was being treated with antibiotics after a swab of her nasal passages found traces of anthrax.
It was not immediately clear if she would need hospital treatment, and her condition was not known.
According to the F-B-I, the anthrax contamination is limited to the Boca Raton headquarters of American Media.
Anthrax killed an employee last week and found its way into the nose of a mailroom co-worker.
U-S Attorney Guy Lewis said the investigation would focus on how the anthrax got into the building _ and why.
Public health officials stressed that there is no public health threat from the anthrax, but the case has heightened fears of a biological attack.
The statement from Lewis was the most definitive from federal authorities so far that the anthrax was the result of a criminal act.
Sun tabloid photo editor Robert Stevens died on Friday of inhaled anthrax, a rare and particularly lethal form of the disease.
Co-worker Ernesto Blanco, 73, has been in a Miami hospital since Monday after anthrax spores were found in his nose.
He was in good condition and has not been diagnosed with the disease.
Health investigators shut down the American Media building after finding traces of anthrax on the computer keyboard used by Stevens.
Pesquera said the latest victim worked in the general area of the other victims.
The latest to be exposed is a 35-year old female employee who has so far shown no symptoms of anthrax.
FBI crews and support staff worked late at American Media where 63-year old photo editor Bob Stevens, killed by anthrax, worked.
On the day funeral services are held for Stevens, the result of 700 plus nasal swabs revealed that a third worker has been exposed to the deadly disease.