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Sunday, 4 November, 2001, 04:55 GMT
Anthrax cases baffle investigators
Technician with samples
Hundreds of anthrax tests are being carried out
Health officials have found spores at a third US postal facility in New Jersey, a month after the first anthrax case was confirmed in the United States.

Meanwhile in New York, officials are still trying to discover how hospital worker Kathy Nguyen contracted inhalation anthrax to become the latest victim of the disease.

US postal worker
Postal workers are wearing masks and gloves
Four people have died of the disease, with another 13 confirmed cases.

Initial tests at Ms Nguyen's Bronx home and the Manhattan hospital where she worked have proved negative.

Terrorism

President Bush has described the anthrax threat as a second wave of terrorist attacks, following the plane hijackings on 11 September.

Anthrax spreads
17 confirmed infections
4 deaths (1 in Florida, 2 in Washington DC, 1 in New York)
6 ill with inhalation anthrax
7 cases of skin anthrax
13,300 postal workers taking antibiotics as protective measure

Earlier, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has appealed again to the public for help in tracking down those responsible for the anthrax attacks in the United States.

The FBI's director, Robert Mueller, said he was disappointed at the response so far despite the $1m reward for information, and urged the public to provide leads.

Culprits unknown

Mr Mueller said the agency was aggressively investigating the confirmed cases of anthrax, but admitted it was no closer to finding the culprit.

"We have not received as many tips or leads as we would like," he said.

An electron beam steriliser
Eight electron-beam devices will be used to sterilise mail
"Despite speculation about the possible source of the anthrax and the motive for the attacks, nothing yet has been ruled out," he said.

"And so today I am calling upon all of you in the news organisations to basically speak for us, to ask our fellow citizens to join us in trying to bring leads to the front that will help us solve both the anthrax investigation, but also the 11 September hijacking investigations."

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The BBC's Steve Kingstone in Washington
"The disease has killed four people in the last month"
See also:

01 Nov 01 | Americas
Anthrax kills fourth American
31 Oct 01 | Americas
Cost of anthrax attacks 'surges'
31 Oct 01 | Americas
US steps up nuclear security
30 Oct 01 | Americas
Sitting ducks on NY underground?
29 Oct 01 | Sci/Tech
Mail sterilisation: The options
27 Oct 01 | Americas
Anthrax found in Congress offices
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