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Volume 9, Number 6—June 2003

Research

Bioterrorism-related Inhalational Anthrax in an Elderly Woman, Connecticut, 2001

Kevin S. Griffith*†Comments to Author , Paul S. Mead*, Gregory L. Armstrong*, John Painter*, Katherine A. Kelley†, Alex R. Hoffmaster*, Donald Mayo†, Diane Barden†, Renee Ridzon*, Umesh Parashar*, Eyasu Habtu Teshale*, Jen Williams*, Stephanie Noviello*‡, Joseph F. Perz*, Eric E. Mast*, David L. Swerdlow*, and James L. Hadler†
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; ‡New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York, USA

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Table 2

Number of positive and total samplesa by sampling location and date, regional processing and distribution center—Connecticut, 2001

Sampling location Nov. 21 positive total (%) Nov. 25 positive/total (%) Nov. 28 positive/total (%) Dec. 2 positive/total (%)
Letter-sorting machine 4
0/0
0/0
1/12 (8)
1/48 (2)
Letter-sorting machine 6
0/3 (0)
0/ 2 (0)
0/22 (0)
1/48 (2)
Letter-sorting machine 10
0/0
0/0
4/ 8 (50)
30/52 (58)
Letter-sorting machine 11
0/1 (0)
0/0
1/8 (13)
3/52 (6)
All letter-canceling machines (n=11)
0/6 (0)
0/4 (0)
0/99 (0)
0/0
All flats-processing machines (n=4)
0/10 (0)
0/8 (0)
0/34 (0)
0/0
All parcel-processing machines (n=4)
0/8 (0)
0/18 (0)
0/4 (0)
0/0
Other locations in regional PDC
0/10 (0)
0/2 (0)
0/4 (0)
0/0
0/27 (0) 0/25 (0) 0/21 (0) 0/0

aAlthough multiple sampling techniques were used, exact locations were not sampled in a manner that would allow comparison of results by sampling techniques. Therefore, all types of samples are listed as a composite total. PDC, processing and distribution center.

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