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Friday, 23 November, 2001, 17:15 GMT
Anthrax: Charting the US cases

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The victims

Five people have been killed by the attacks. All of them were infected by the deadliest form of the disease - inhalation anthrax.

Bob Stevens
Journalist Bob Stevens died of respiratory anthrax

  • Bob Stevens, 63, picture editor of the Sun newspaper, died on 5 October in Boca Raton, Florida. Anthrax spores were found on his computer keyboard
  • Thomas Morris Jr, 55, Washington, worked at the Brentwood office which handled an anthrax-laced letter sent to Senator Tom Daschle
  • Joseph Curseen, 47, worked at the same office
  • Kathy Nguyen, 61, worked in a New York hospital
  • Ottilie Lundgren, 94, lived in a rural community in Connecticut. Her case and that of Ms Nguyen are the only ones that have not been traces to tainted mail

Cases of inhalation anthrax

Five people are confirmed to have contracted inhalation anthrax.

  • Ernesto Blanco, 73, employed in the mail room of American Media Inc, the group which owns the Sun newspaper
  • Postal worker Leroy Richmond, 57
  • An unnamed colleague of his is also in hospital
  • Two female postal workers from the Trenton area in New Jersey, where some anthrax-laced were sent from

Cases of skin anthrax

Cases of skin anthrax, a less serious form of the disease in which the bacteria enter via a cut in the skin, have been confirmed in several New York media offices and in New Jersey.

Claire Fletcher
Claire Fletcher contracted the disease after opening a letter

  • Erin O'Connor, 38, assistant to NBC anchor Tom Brokaw was the first person to test positive for anthrax in New York on 12 October
  • The seven-month-old son of an ABC News producer contracted the disease after visiting the building on 28 September
  • Claire Fletcher, 27, assistant to CBS newsreader Dan Rather is believed to have been infected after opening a letter
  • Johanna Huden, 30, assistant at New York Post is also believed to have been exposed to anthrax after opening a letter
  • Post woman Teresa Heller and 35-year-old postal employee Patrick O'Donnell, work in New Jersey's Trenton area
  • A woman in New Jersey became the first person to contract the disease who does not work in the media or the postal service

Contaminated sites

Anthrax spores have been found in several postal facilities as well as media companies, federal and state buildings.

Mail drops are closed in Senate buildings
Mail drops are closed in Senate buildings

  • Facilities which process mail for: the Justice Department, the Supreme Court, Congress, the White House, the State Department, CIA, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration and the Voice of America.
  • Congress: Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle's office in the Hart Building and three other buildings
  • Brentwood postal facility in Washington
  • Media offices in New York: NBC, New York Post and CBS
  • New York Governor, George Pataki's office
  • Morgan postal facility in New York
  • Regional mail centre in Hamilton, New Jersey and Princeton post office in the same state
  • American Media Inc in Boca Raton, Florida
  • Three postal services in Florida, two of them in Boca Raton
  • Specialised postal facility in Kansas City, Missouri
  • The presence of anthrax was also confirmed in a letter sent from Europe to a doctor in Chile.
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