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4 facts about the anthrax case

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  • Russ Kick
    Some facts about the anthrax case in Florida: 1) Anthrax is rare, and the type Bob Stevens contracted--through inhalation--is the rarest of all. Only 18
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 6, 2001
      Some facts about the anthrax case in Florida:

      1) Anthrax is rare, and the type Bob Stevens contracted--through
      inhalation--is the rarest of all. "Only 18 inhalation cases in the United
      States were documented in the 20th century, the most recent in 1976 in
      California." [Associated Press, 6 Oct]

      2) Stevens lived in Florida and had recently visited North Carolina;
      anthrax among animals is almost nonexistent in both places. "The disease
      can be contracted from farm animals or soil, though the bacterium is not
      normally found among wildlife or livestock in the state [of Florida]....
      Officials are also investigating in North Carolina, where Stevens visited
      last month, but said the disease also is rare among animals in that state."
      [AP, 6 Oct]

      3) No one knows how he contracted anthrax. "'We have a long chronology of
      common activities we need to pursue,' state epidemiologist Dr. Steven
      Wiersma said Saturday. 'We don't have any really hot leads at this time.'"
      Quoted in an article headlined, "Anthrax Case Puzzles Investigators." [AP,
      6 Oct]

      4) Stevens lived near some of the 911 terrorists in Lantana, Florida.
      "Mohamed Atta, one of the suspected hijackers who crashed airliners into
      the World Trade Center on 11 Sep 2001, rented planes at a flight school at
      Palm Beach County Park Airport. The home of the deceased man is within a
      mile of the airport. Shortly after the terrorist attack, Marian Smith,
      owner of Palm Beach Flight Training, said Atta had rented a plane four
      times in August. Employees at the flight school declined comment today.
      Atta also visited an airfield in Belle Glade, about 40 miles inland from
      Lantana, and asked workers there questions about their cropdusters, but
      never flew one. Some of the suspected hijackers had lived in an apartment
      complex in Boynton Beach, about 10 miles south of Lantana." [AP, 5 Oct,
      emphasis mine]

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      The two articles referenced above can be found (for a little while) at:

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/20011006/aponline144246_000.htm
      http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/anthraxvictim011005.html

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