Latest on anthrax scares
Story No.: 321985
Dateline: Various, 20 Nov 2001
Date: 11/21/2001 05:00 AM
NB: wrong slate on tape, story correct
1. Lieutenant Dan Nichols and Dr. John Eisold approach microphones
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Dan Nichols, Capitol Police:
"Testing took place over the weekend. The buildings were closed on Saturday and all through Sunday. The results came back today. Based on the environmental sampling conducted in the buildings we have located two offices that have tested positive. Those are the offices of Senator Kennedy and Senator Dodd. Both of those offices are going to close this evening in order that we can conduct further environmental sampling within those suites."
3. Cutaway of press
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Dan Nichols, Capitol Police:
"This is an isolated situation to those suites only. All the other tests that were done throughout the Dirksen and Russell building came back negative which is good news for us."
5. Wide shot of presser
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. John Eisold, United States Capitol Physician:
"The contamination is minimal and there will not be any recommendation for any testing in this particular situation nor any recommendation for any treatment. We are five weeks out now and we have plenty of time to observe how this organism has played out with contaminated mail both on Capitol Hill as well as in the District with many many mail drop areas."
7. Cutaway of press
8. Pullout of Senator Kennedy's office
9. Close-up of Kennedy's office sign
10. Graphic showing various letters that contained anthrax
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Senator Edward Kennedy:
"Just a few hours ago the physician at the Capitol called my administrative assistant who told me that over the weekend they had detected a very miniscule amount of anthrax in our mailroom."
12. Exterior shot of Russell Senate Office Building
13. Wide shot of Russell building
14. SOUNDBITE (English) John G. Rowland, Connecticut Governor:
"I have asked you here this evening to bring you up to date on a probable case of inhalation anthrax here in Connecticut. Tonight Griffin Hospital in Derby is treating a patient with symptoms that are similar to inhalation anthrax. An elderly resident in their 90's. Initially the patient was being treated for pneumonia. The hospital has conducted two tests so far and they have both come back positive."
15. Cutaway of camera
16. SOUNDBITE: (English) John G. Rowland, Connecticut Governor:
"Our own department of health has conducted three tests and all three tests have come back with a positive reading. To be certain that this is a case of anthrax a specimen is being flown this evening to the CDC in Atlanta. It will be tested over the next 24 hours and the CDC will report back to us sometime tomorrow morning."
17. Cutaway of cameras
Traces of anthrax have turned up in the offices of two more United States senators.
Lieutenant Dan Nichols of the U.S. Capitol Police said on Tuesday the bacteria has turned up in the Washington offices of Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Connecticut's Chris Dodd.
Nichols says both offices are now closed for further environmental sampling, which could be finished on Tuesday.
He also says all other tests in the Russell and Dirksen buildings are negative, so they'll re-open on Wednesday, except for the Kennedy and Dodd offices.
The suspicion is that the anthrax is the result of cross-contamination from anthrax-laced letters sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and to Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy.
Meanwhile further north in the state of Connecticut another case of inhalation anthrax has been confirmed by a hospital.
Connecticut Governor John Rowland announced the finding on Tuesday.
The patient, in her 90's, lives at home and investigators are now combing her home for evidence of how the anthrax spores invaded her home.
So far there's been no reports of any mail contamination in Connecticut.