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Anthrax letters unlikely, but here are handling tips
The Deseret News ^ | 10/10/2001

Posted on 10/10/2001 4:17:55 PM PDT by Utah Girl

In the unlikely event someone receives an anthrax threat letter — most of which prove to be empty or filled with talcum powder — the state Health Department has issued tips.

The first rule is not to panic, according to Jana Kettering, department spokeswoman. Exposure is more complicated than just being around it. Anthrax has to be rubbed into abraded skin, swallowed or inhaled as a fine, aerosolized mist. All three forms can usually be treated with antibiotics. And most biological weapons cannot be aerosolized out of an envelope containing powder.

Nevertheless, if an unopened letter or an empty letter arrives, place it in a plastic bag, wash your hands with soap and water and call your supervisor, the police and the FBI.

If an envelope contains powder that spills out, don't clean it up. And keep others away. Again, wash your hands with soap and water and notify authorities. You should also tell them who had contact with the powder. Those people may be warned to watch for fever or symptoms over several days.

A package marked with a threatening message, such as "Anthrax," should not be opened. Instead, evacuate the room and keep others from entering, then notify the authorities.

In cases of aerosolization, a small explosion or a letter stating "anthrax in heating system," the Health Department says to get out of the room and secure it, then shut down the air-handling system. Notify authorities and stay on the premises until they arrive.

Again, make a list of people who were in the building at the time and give it to local public health officials.

If you receive suspicious, unlabeled mail, call the police. Don't open it.


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I thought this was very useful information to have. And I put it in the Breaking News. It is OK if it is taken out, I just thought this was important to have the facts on how to handle anthrax.
1 posted on 10/10/2001 4:17:55 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
Thanx for the tips Utah, better safe then sorry...
2 posted on 10/10/2001 4:20:55 PM PDT by ALfreereeper
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To: Utah Girl
Thanks- I'll cross-link it here:

Nuclear, Biological, & Chemical Warfare- Survival Skills, Pt. II

3 posted on 10/10/2001 4:21:42 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: Utah Girl
A package marked with a threatening message, such as "Anthrax," should not be opened. .

Really?

4 posted on 10/10/2001 4:23:56 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse
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To: He Rides A White Horse
Yeah, I thought that was a stupid sentence in the article. Duh.
5 posted on 10/10/2001 4:26:24 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
Thank you, Utah Girl ...

You're a true Patriot and friend, you are ... *grins*

6 posted on 10/10/2001 4:26:46 PM PDT by illstillbe
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To: ALfreereeper
I don't want to cause hysteria or anything, but it is better to be educated about something, and have a concrete plan just in case.
7 posted on 10/10/2001 4:27:09 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
In cases of aerosolization, a small explosion or a letter stating "anthrax in heating system," the Health Department says to get out of the room and secure it, then shut down the air-handling system. Notify authorities and stay on the premises until they arrive.

Don't know about you guys but there is no way I would stay on the premises with anthrax running through the a/c.

8 posted on 10/10/2001 4:29:05 PM PDT by oc-flyfish
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To: He Rides A White Horse
Suggested reading: Biowarfare for Dummies
9 posted on 10/10/2001 4:29:45 PM PDT by ZOOKER
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To: Utah Girl

The first rule is not to panic.

10 posted on 10/10/2001 4:31:31 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: Utah Girl, Zooker
I thought it was funny. Good post though, Utah Girl.
11 posted on 10/10/2001 4:33:35 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse
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To: Utah Girl
All the people I communicate with use e-mail, I'm more worried about internet viruses ----but I'd be very suspicious if anyone sent me regular mail now.
12 posted on 10/10/2001 4:36:21 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: FITZ
I don't open anything that doesn't have a return address on it, or if I don't know the person who sent it to me. Better safe than sorry.
13 posted on 10/10/2001 4:38:52 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: oc-flyfish
Right after 9/11 there was a rash of bomb threats here in OKC (not a town that takes bombs lightly.) The cops and fire dept. ran themselves ragged searching every school in the city, parents panicked, kids were scared. Even the private schools, not subject to the threat, locked down. Fortunately, phone techology made it possible to catch the culprits in every case. Funny thing, haven't heard a peep out of them since.

I wrote to the governor and my state reps asking for harsher penalties for these crimes during times of national crisis. Personally, I think it's treason and attempted murder to frighten people and distract emergency personnel at a time like this. I would like to see it become a capital crime to phone in a death threat, bomb threat, or talcum powder biothreat, because the resources tied up that way may be the resources we need to stop a real attack from happening. Just my humble opinion.
14 posted on 10/10/2001 4:40:52 PM PDT by ChemistCat
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To: Utah Girl
Handling tip number one-- don't open the letter with your nose.
15 posted on 10/10/2001 4:44:58 PM PDT by liberalism=failure
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To: ChemistCat
I like the way you think. Also, strict penalties for these air rage whackos - acting out nowadays gets a planeload of innocent bystanders in the cross hairs of an F16.
16 posted on 10/10/2001 4:47:25 PM PDT by Let's Roll
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To: liberalism=failure
Good one!
17 posted on 10/10/2001 4:51:05 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: Let's Roll
Problem is, you can't legislate mental illness away, and I'm convinced that altitude triggers some people never before diagnosed. :-(
18 posted on 10/10/2001 4:58:26 PM PDT by ChemistCat
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To: oc-flyfish
Don't know about you guys but there is no way I would stay on the premises with anthrax running through the a/c.

They say to shut down the "air handling system," which I'm guessing also includes air conditioning. You're right, though; it'd be awfully hard to stay put. However, if you've been exposed to an aerosolized anthrax mist or otherwise been doused with spores, you're going to need to go on antibiotics anyway. Might as well not carry the stuff outside with you and expose other people.

19 posted on 10/10/2001 5:06:09 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Utah Girl
CNN showing a press conference now......another person (female) has tested positive for exposure to anthrax.
20 posted on 10/10/2001 5:10:20 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Utah Girl
And most biological weapons cannot be aerosolized out of an envelope containing powder.

The J-Lo letter story is still out there, but I am curious as to why Stevens' would have gotten inhalation anthrax from handling the enclosed Star of David trinket, since it sounds like it would be more likely to arise from skin contact. His co-worker also obviously inhaled the spores. OTOH, they did apparently find spores on Stevens' keyboard, which is consistent with the Star of David story. I sure would like to know more about the delivery mechanism.

21 posted on 10/10/2001 5:13:47 PM PDT by Clinton's a rapist
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To: hole_n_one
Yikes. It is exposure though, right?
22 posted on 10/10/2001 5:17:15 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: ChemistCat
"I wrote to the governor and my state reps asking for harsher penalties for these crimes during times of national crisis. Personally, I think it's treason and attempted murder to frighten people and distract emergency personnel at a time like this. I would like to see it become a capital crime to phone in a death threat, bomb threat, or talcum powder biothreat, because the resources tied up that way may be the resources we need to stop a real attack from happening. Just my humble opinion."

I totally agree. This is no time for compassion or blaming it on the offender's early childhood traumas.

23 posted on 10/10/2001 5:20:57 PM PDT by JusticeLives
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To: Lorraine; Utah Girl
Lorraine - Any news about your mysterious mail?

Thanks, Utah Girl, for posting this helpful advice.

24 posted on 10/10/2001 5:21:48 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Utah Girl
One other thing they forgot to mention. If you catch the sumbitch that did it, beat him to death.
25 posted on 10/10/2001 5:24:25 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: ChemistCat
I wrote to the governor and my state reps asking for harsher penalties for these crimes during times of national crisis. Personally, I think it's treason and attempted murder to frighten people and distract emergency personnel at a time like this. I would like to see it become a capital crime to phone in a death threat, bomb threat, or talcum powder biothreat, because the resources tied up that way may be the resources we need to stop a real attack from happening. Just my humble opinion.

Good for you and your humble opinion! We should ALL be writing our governors and state legislator reps/senators and stating much the same.

26 posted on 10/10/2001 5:24:33 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Utah Girl
It is exposure though, right?

That's the term being used......exposure.

27 posted on 10/10/2001 5:28:47 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: liberalism=failure
I know this sounds really dumb, but what about people who open these envelopes and then..... well.... you know....

(pause>

pick their noses? I would think that would be a direct transmission of the bacteria.

28 posted on 10/10/2001 5:33:35 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Utah Girl
Speaking of which, you might want to sleep with the windows closed if you live in SLC. Dig around the Desert News archives for information on Dugway. Bad stuff.
29 posted on 10/10/2001 5:54:15 PM PDT by nunya bidness
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To: nunya bidness
I live in Provo. My uncle used to work out at Dugway. Scary stuff.
30 posted on 10/10/2001 5:55:53 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
Granted I was making light of it, but this is serious stuff. Hopefully its not terrorism and hopefully whoever is spreading it around will be caught soon that we won't need to worry too much. But just in case, thanks for the post, Utah Girl, it's a good one.
31 posted on 10/10/2001 5:58:27 PM PDT by liberalism=failure
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To: Clinton's a rapist
A lot of folks would attempt to id an unknown by sniffing it.
32 posted on 10/10/2001 6:00:28 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: Utah Girl
You never know......some people are stupid. That is why we got warning labels on things....lol.
33 posted on 10/10/2001 6:09:02 PM PDT by rwfromkansas
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To: Utah Girl
I don't open anything that doesn't have a return address on it, or if I don't know the person who sent it to me. Better safe than sorry.

Same here. Why would someone not put on a return address? I guess they could forget, but I toss all mail without a return address or that is from someone I don't know...

34 posted on 10/10/2001 6:19:17 PM PDT by Fury
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To: Utah Girl
Seems an appropriate place to me. Thank you for the important info.
35 posted on 10/10/2001 6:19:20 PM PDT by skr
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To: rwfromkansas
I used to work in a pharmacy. One of the older pharmacists would always type in capital letters "Please remove foil before inserting" on all suppository prescriptions. I finally asked him why. Apparently, when he was a brand new pharmacist, a patient inserted a suppository with the foil still on. Just a bit of damage there.
36 posted on 10/10/2001 6:27:56 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
What about the ones who think it was just cocaine in the envelope?
37 posted on 10/10/2001 6:39:17 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: spunkets
A lot of folks would attempt to id an unknown by sniffing it.

Or tasting it, like the restaurant employee in Ohio who found a mysterious vial of clear liquid on the salad bar, and later became ill. What on earth possessed her to do that?!

38 posted on 10/10/2001 7:12:33 PM PDT by edayna
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To: Utah Girl
Me too. A patient called and asked, "How long do I have to leave this thing in. It hurts." It puzzled the Pharmacist for a minute, then he realized what was going on.

We then took an old stainless steel cup dispenser (a long, skinny cylinder) along with a couple of other assorted items, taped together several strips of suppositories, and made our own machine gun-looking installation device. We figured that's what it would take to get that patient to ever use 'em again.

39 posted on 10/10/2001 7:39:18 PM PDT by FirstFlaBn
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To: edayna
I sniff things to id them, but never taste them. Sniffing is an art. All you want to do is get enough molecules to sense. Visual clues can usually be used to id something that shouldn't be sniffed. Tasting will give enough to cause a casualty, or kill if the substance is nasty.

If I found a vial with anything on a seat in a restaurant, I wouldn't even sniff it. That's something I learned when I was very young. There are too many things it might be that would make me sick. Tasting it is absolutely stupid. ROTFLMAO...Now I can't stop laughing again!

40 posted on 10/10/2001 7:45:33 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: ChemistCat
I'mwith you Buddy.

Nam Vet

And thanks Utah Girl

41 posted on 10/10/2001 7:58:11 PM PDT by Nam Vet
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To: Utah Girl
HAZMAT TEAMS/FEMA INVESTIGATING BUNKER'S HOUSE

I just had to call the FBI - my house is obviously the victim of terrorism.

Earlier this evening I walked down the hallway to see Edith holding a plastic white container over baby Gloria's bottom. White powder was flying out of the container and landing all over the place. I rushed out of the house and called the authorities after I unloaded a fire extinguisher all over them.

I will have Gloria's butt amputated for sure as I know its infected.

Edith is beyond help. She obviously has lost her mind because she just looks at me and laughs hysterically.

Hopefully I caught this act in time.

Bunker

42 posted on 10/10/2001 8:06:37 PM PDT by Archie Bunker on steroids
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To: Archie Bunker on steroids
I love your screen name. And your story is hysterically funny! Thanks for the great laugh.
43 posted on 10/10/2001 8:11:18 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: Clinton's a rapist
The J-Lo letter story is still out there, but I am curious as to why Stevens' would have gotten inhalation anthrax from handling the enclosed Star of David trinket, since it sounds like it would be more likely to arise from skin contact. His co-worker also obviously inhaled the spores. OTOH, they did apparently find spores on Stevens' keyboard, which is consistent with the Star of David story. I sure would like to know more about the delivery mechanism.

They must have thought it was FREE CokE

44 posted on 10/10/2001 8:16:29 PM PDT by Gone_Postal
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To: Utah Girl
bump.

Also bookmarked backhoe's link, above.

45 posted on 10/10/2001 8:18:36 PM PDT by FReethesheeples
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To: Utah Girl
Good advice, Utah Girl. I have a good friend who actually received a mail bomb once. Thank goodness it did not detonate! Since then, we never open ANYTHING unless we know the sender.
46 posted on 10/10/2001 8:19:04 PM PDT by calico44
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To: Utah Girl
P.S. All you Utahans are reknowned survivalists.

I know, I lived there in the early 70s.

Cheers!

47 posted on 10/10/2001 8:20:04 PM PDT by FReethesheeples
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To: ChemistCat
Possibly, but why is it increasing? Previous drug damage which there is more of now?
48 posted on 10/10/2001 8:20:54 PM PDT by Let's Roll
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To: Utah Girl
The first rule is not to panic

OOPS! Too late for many "anthrax hysteria" fans in the forum, they've already panicked without even getting a postcard, much less an anthrax threat letter....

49 posted on 10/10/2001 8:21:48 PM PDT by Enlightiator
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To: Gone_Postal
Oh man. A delivery system with an ethos.
50 posted on 10/10/2001 8:22:22 PM PDT by ChemistCat
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