2. SOUNDBITE: (English) George DiFerdinando, New Jersey State Health Commissioner
"Today we're here to announce that one postal worker stationed at the Route 130 mail processing centre in Hamilton Township is now considered by the Centre for Disease Control and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services to be a suspected case of inhalational anthrax. The patient is in stable condition and is receiving antibiotics."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, epidemiologist
"Again, I want to emphasise that this is being considered a suspected case. This is a middle-aged woman, a mail-handler, who worked at the Hamilton Township processing Centre, who began to feel ill sometime last week, saw her physician on Friday the 19th and was admitted to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. Initial tests did not support the diagnosis of anthrax."
4. Various of post office and postal truck
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, epidemiologist
"Yesterday evening we received word from the C-D-C that one of the tests indicated that the person was a suspected case of anthrax - in the context of her clinical condition, where she worked and the time frame of when she became ill. Yesterday evening we notified the physician of the results of those tests. The physician notified the patient and the family. They were very pleased to receive those results. Further, the patient is on a number of antibiotics."
A female postal worker stationed at the post office in Hamilton where anthrax contaminated letters mailed to Washington and New York were handled is suspected to have inhalation anthrax, state health officials said Tuesday.
The woman, who didn't want her identity released, began to feel ill last week.
The post office processed at least three letters containing anthrax addressed to N-B-C's Tom Brokaw, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and the New York Post.
Thirteen of 23 environmental samples taken from the mail processing areas have tested positive for samples of anthrax spores.
None of the samples taken from the building's public areas were contaminated.
One worker has tested positive for skin anthrax and officials are almost certain a second worker had the disease.
A letter carrier at the West Trenton post office had skin anthrax.
But preliminary results on 19 samples from the Ewing office came back negative.
Both facilities remain closed.
The New York Times also closed its mailroom on Tuesday after a while powdery substance was found in an envelope.