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Mail With Anthrax Reported at World Bank

Tuesday, 21 May 2002 12:00 AM

Some mail sent to staffers in the bank's J building, which houses the African and training divisions, initially showed positive results for anthrax on Monday. But a second test turned out negative.

None of the mail had been delivered.

A lab in West Virginia will do more tests, which were to be finished by Thursday, bank spokeswoman Caroline Anstey told The Washington Post.

The bank's employees were to work from home until the tests are back.

Evidence of anthrax was discovered two weeks ago inside the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank in Washington.

FBI spokesman Chris Murray said the FBI was not investigating because the amount "appears to be some sort of residual anthrax contamination" from a letter examined earlier.

The affected mail was routine commercial and business mail, and the anthrax found did not have any of the characteristics that the Federal Bureau of Investigation considered suspicious, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said May 9.

"This has happened before," Fleischer said. "The source of this possible contamination is not known. Subsequent tests of the mail room surfaces and mail distribution points within the board's buildings have all been negative," Fleischer said.

The administration has adopted a policy of releasing information whenever preliminary tests are positive, he said.

"The testing and the measurements that are done are so precise at such a small level that they in a preliminary way are able to detect such trace amounts that they can show up in a preliminary way that later turns out to be false," Fleischer said.

The discovery comes six months after anthrax-laden letters were sent through the U.S. Postal Service to NBC News and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., in Washington.

Anthrax spores were also found at a news media company in Boca Raton, Fla., other news outlets and numerous postal facilities and government offices in Washington, New York and New Jersey.

As a result, 17 people were diagnosed with anthrax infection and four people died of the severe, inhaled form of anthrax. Two cases of infection, including that of one elderly New York area woman who died, had mystified federal investigators.

Recently, investigators have speculated that the two cases involved cross-contamination of mail -- mail that had come into contact with anthrax-contaminated mail.

Since the first infection was diagnosed in early October, many private companies and government agencies have instituted procedures to protect their workers from contamination, including gloves worn by mailroom employees.

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