May Have Antrhax
in S. New Jersey
The Delaware Division of Public Health said a Delaware man may have the skin form of anthrax on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001.
Dr. Ulder Tillman, director of the Division of Public Health, told the media at a press conference that the 54-year-old man showed indications of cutaneous anthrax in a blood test on Oct. 26.
Federal officials also announced on Wednesday that the first cases of anthrax have been spotted outside the New York and Washington, D.C. areas with spores found in a postal facility in Indianapolis and Kansas City, Mo.
Dr. Tillman said more blood tests will be conducted Friday to determine definitively if the man has anthrax. The division is also awaiting results of a biopsy of the lesion, she said.
Dr. Tilliam said the man complained of a painless lesion on the back of his hand around Oct. 13. He has been on antibiotics since Oct. 23.
The man works in a southern New Jersey post office in Bellmawr near Camden. The facility, which delivers mail to 1.1 million locations in southern New Jersey and parts of Delaware, is closed for more inspection.
His case is believed to be related to a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle in early October, the doctor said. Dr. Tillman said the division is checking to see if any other Delawareans work at the south Jersey post office.
The Delaware Emergency Management Agency, meanwhile, said it is "very comfortable" that there is no anthrax whose source is in Delaware.
Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner echoed the agency, saying the suspected anthrax case occurred in New Jersey and not Delaware.
DEMA spokesperson Rosanne Pack said the public should, however, be alert and use common sense in handling their mail.
Dr. Tillman added that citizens should use care in handling their mail and wash their hands after handling mail.
Anthrax is not contagious. It can be contracted through inhalation, ingestion or through the skin.
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