Volume 8, Number 10—October 2002
The Public Health Response and Epidemiologic Investigation Related to the Opening of a Bacillus anthracis–Containing Envelope, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
|Proper training on handling suspicious envelopes and packages|
|Use of personal protective equipment|
|Rapid identification of B. anthracis spore|
|Shutdown of ventilation system|
|Evacuation of immediate and surrounding area|
|Prompt administration of antimicrobial prophylaxis, in conjunction with offering vaccine under appropriate circumstances, to persons in immediate area|
|Use of epidemiologic tools to define exposure area and assess risk in the surrounding area|
|Nasal cultures and environmental samples for B. anthracis|
|Traceback of letter path from destination to origin|
1 Members of the CDC Washington, D.C., Anthrax Response Team: Alicia Anderson, Tracy Agerton , Mary-Kate Appicelli, Paul Arguin, Robert Benson, Lilah Besser, Richard Besser, John Brooks, John Cardinelly, George Carlone, Mei Castor, Gerald Curtis, Lisa Delaney, Peter Dull, Eric Esswein, Cindy Friedman, Kate Glynn, Ron Hall, Rick Hartle, Leigh Ann Hawley, Leta Helsel, Tami Hilger, Patricia Holder, Scott Johnson, Molly Kellum, Bradley King, Jonathan King, Maria Elena Jefferds, Jill Levine, Han Li, Ken Martinez, Dino Mattorano, Jane McCamon, Trudy Messmer, Elizabeth Mothershed, Andy Mullins, Minday Perilla, Janet Pruckler, Julia Rhodes, Daniel Schmidt, Stephanie Schwartz, Theresa Smith, Karen Stamey, Evelene Steward-Clark, Eyasu Teshale, Lanier Thacker, Tim Uyeki, and Brad Winterton.