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Volume 8, Number 10—October 2002
Bioterrorism-related Anthrax

Bioterrorism-related Anthrax

Environmental Sampling for Spores of Bacillus anthracis

Eyasu H. Teshale*†Comments to Author , John A. Painter*, Gregory A. Burr‡, Paul S. Mead*, Scott V. Wright*†, Larry F. Cseh*†, Ronald Zabrocki*†, Rick Collins*†, Kathy A. Kelley§, James L. Hadler§, David L. Swerdlow*, and members of the Connecticut Anthrax Response Team1
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; ‡National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; §Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.;

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Table 2

Environmental sampling methods, types, and results of samples taken November 11– December 2, Southern Connecticut Processing and Distribution Center, 2001a

Sampling date No. of samples Samples from DBCS Type Positive results Sample collectors
11/11/01 53 1 Dry swabs 0 USPS
11/21/01 64 6 Dry swabs 0 USPS
11/25/01 60 8 Wet swabs 0 CDC/ATSDR
11/28/01 212 131 Wet wipes and vacuum 6 CDC/ATSDR
12/02/01 200 200 Wet wipes 35 CDC/ATSDR
Total 589 346 41

aDBCS, digital bar-code sorting; USPS, United States Postal Service; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; ATSDR, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

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1 Gregory Armstrong, Ken Bell, Dave Brownell, Joe Burkhart, Matt Cartter, Nicole Coffin, Scott Deitchman, Timothy A. Dignam, Marc Fischer, Julie Gerberding, Kevin Griffith, James M. Groutt, Jennifer Hamborsky, John A. Jernigan, David Kirschke, Max Kiefer, Bradley King, Eric Mast, Jennifer McClellan, Stephanie Noviello, Otilio Oyervides, Umesh Parashar, Joseph Perz, Renee Ridzon, Ron Sanders, Adrian Stoica, Alcia A. Williams, Jennifer Williams, and Heather Wurtzel.