Skip to comments.ANTHRAX IN CONNECTICUT
Posted on 11/20/2001 1:20:39 PM PST by RaceBannon
Just broke in to the news now!!!
5:38 PM EST,November 20, 2001 By Pete Yost, Associated Press Writer
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A patient a Griffin Hospital in Derby has tested positive for anthrax, Gov. John G. Rowland said today.
The patient, a person over 90 years old from the Oxford area, has tested positive for the inhalation form of the disease in five separate tests conducted by the Department of Public Health and the hospital, Rowland said during a news conference.
"It's difficult to explain how the person contracted anthrax," Rowland said. "There is no evidence they contracted the disease as a result of a criminal act."
Rowland said more tests are being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. He said results are expected Wednesday.
"Testing by the CDC could prove negative," Rowland said.
The elderly woman was originally treated for pneumonia and was admitted to Griffin Hospital on Wednesday, Rowland said.
The tests conducted by the health department are more sophisticated than those conducted by the hospital, but not as accurate as CDC testing, said Joxel Garcia, the state's health commissioner.
Garcia said the state received positive tests from the hospital Monday and immediately began conducting their own investigation.
The FBI and the state police have secured the woman's home and are conducting a criminal investigation, Rowland said.
The woman lives by herself and has a limited routine, Rowland said.
Earlier, traces of the anthrax bacteria have been found in the office mailrooms of Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said one congressional official speaking on condition of anonymity.
Officials suspect the anthrax got there through contact with anthrax-bearing letters mailed to Sen. Patrick Leahy or Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D. So far, anthrax traces have been found in 13 senators' offices besides Daschle's, whose office is the only one known to have actually opened an anthrax letter.
A sample taken from a plastic evidence bag containing a still-unopened letter to Sen. Leahy contained at least 23,000 anthrax spores, enough for more than two lethal doses, authorities said today. Word of the anthrax spores in the Leahy letter, first reported by The New York Times, followed the FBI's announcement that it is convinced the Leahy letter was sent by the same person who mailed an anthrax-tainted letter to Daschle. Both were postmarked Oct. 9 in Trenton, N.J.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there were three times more anthrax spores in the single sample taken from the plastic bag than in any of the other 600 bags of mail examined by the FBI before it found the Leahy letter.
Investigators are looking into the possibility the Leahy letter was misrouted initially, resulting in anthrax contamination at a State Department mail facility that sickened one worker.
In Atlanta, meanwhile, Tom Skinner, spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday that the agency planned to test a substance found in a letter that the Chilean government said was tainted with anthrax. The government of Chile said the letter was from an American company in Switzerland to a company in downtown Santiago. It declined to identify either company.
The Leahy letter found Friday will be mined for information based on a plan by the FBI, the Army and outside science experts who want to maximize the evidentiary value of the document, the FBI said Monday.
"FBI and Centers for Disease Control investigators hope that this careful, scientifically agreed upon approach will yield clues that will help identify the source," the bureau said in a statement.
At the Pentagon, officials began taking new precautions against anthrax-tainted mail by requiring that all mail be opened, visually inspected, X-rayed and tested for biological or chemical materials. Once checked, mail will be held for up to three days to await test results before delivery inside the building.
The Leahy letter was found by the FBI and hazardous materials personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency in one of 280 barrels of unopened mail sent to Capitol Hill and held since the discovery last month of the letter to Daschle.
The outside of the Leahy letter appears virtually identical to the Daschle letter and bears the same fictitious "Greendale School" return address, all-capital block letters and other characteristics.
The matching characteristics of the Leahy and Daschle letters "have combined to convince investigators" that both were "sent by the same person," the FBI said.
U.S. postal inspector Dan Mihalko said the Leahy letter contains a handwritten ZIP code of 20510 that may have been read as 20520 by optical character reader machines at the postal service.
"That's the exact change needed to forward something to the State Department," Mihalko said.
"It raises an interesting possibility that the letter to Leahy could have been misdirected through the State Department mail system initially, which might explain how that system got contaminated," he added.
A 59-year-old employee of the State Department's mail facility in Sterling, Va., was hospitalized Oct. 25 after lab tests confirmed he had inhalation anthrax. He recovered.
On Capitol Hill, the Dirksen and Russell Senate Office buildings reopened Monday after being swept for anthrax contamination after the discovery of the Leahy letter. The Hart Senate Office Building remained closed.
The Kennedy and Dodd offices are both in the Russell building. People who work in those offices will not need medical treatment because the amounts of anthrax were so low, an official said.
In a statement, Kennedy said he would close his office early for the Thanksgiving holiday as a precaution while the mailroom is decontaminated, and expects to reopen Monday. He said the Capitol physician has concluded that the anthrax there "poses no public safety or health risk."
EPA officials have said it will take three to four weeks to decontaminate the offices of 10 senators in the Hart building in which traces of anthrax have been found, a Senate aide speaking on condition of anonymity said. Those cleanups have not yet started.
Two other offices where bacteria were found -- Daschle's and the next-door suite of Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis. -- will be sealed and cleaned with chlorine dioxide gas.
Officials originally hoped Hart, which houses half the Senate's 100 members, would be cleaned and reopened by Nov. 21. With the new cleanup timetable, authorities have set no new target date, but many aides believe the building may not reopen until next year.
The FBI said all congressional mail set aside after discovery of the Daschle letter had been inspected, and the Leahy letter was the only suspicious piece.
Four people have died from anthrax: two Washington postal workers, a hospital employee in New York City and a newspaper photo editor in Florida.
Oxford's 33 square miles are bisected by three state roads --- Route 34, Route 188 and Route 67 - all of which are historic travel routes.
Although it is primarily residential and distinctly rural in character, the availability of close to 3,000 acres of industrial property in the northeastern region points to it potential for economic development, especially for light manufacturing and corporate development.
Just a thought...
On second thought.......
Who ever sent the goverment officials their anthrax, is around medical supplies. Ships them, makes them, uses them.....
Agathocles (4 syl.), tyrant of Sicily, was killed by a toothpick at the age of ninety-five.
Anacreon was choked by a grapestone. (Pliny: History, vii. 7.)
Bassus (Quintus Lucnus) died from the prick of a needle in his left thumb.
Chalchas, the soothsayer, died of laughter at the thought of having outlived the predicted hour of his death.
Charles VIII., of France, conducting his queen into a tennis-court, struck his head against the lintel, and it caused his death.
Fabius, the Roman prætor, was choked by a single goat-hair in the milk which he was drinking. (Pliny: History, vii. 7.)
Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales, died from the blow of a cricket-ball.
Gallus (Cornelius), the prætor, and Titus Haterus, a knight, each died while kissing the hand of his wife.
Gabrielle (La belle), the mistress of Henri IV., died from eating an orange.
Itadach died of thirst in the harvestfield because (in observance of the rule of St. Patrick) he refused to drink a drop of anything.
Lepidus (Quintus Æmilius), going out of his house, struck his great toe against the threshold and expired.
Louis VI. met with his death from a pig running under his horse and causing it to stumble.
Margutte died of laughter on seeing a monkey trying to pull on a pair of boots.
Otway, the poet, in a starving condition, had a guinea given him, on which he bought a loaf of bread, and died while swallowing the first mouthful.
Pamphilius (Cnevus Babius), a man of prætorian rank, died while asking a boy what oclock it was.
Philomenes (4 syl.) died of laughter at seeing an ass eating the figs provided for his own dessert. (Valerius Maximus.)
Placut (Phillipot) dropped down dead while in the act of paying a bill. (Bacaberry the Elder.)
Quenelault, a Norman physician, of Montpellier, died from a slight wound made in his hand in extracting a splinter.
Saufeius (Appius) was choked to death supping up the white of an under-boiled egg. (Pliny: History, vii. 33.)
Torquatus (Aulus Manlius), a gentleman of consular rank, died in the act of taking a cheesecake at dinner.
Valla (Lucius Tuscius), the physician, died in the act of taking a draught of medicine.
William III. died from his horse stumbling over a mole-hill.
Zeuxis, the great painter, died of laughter at sight of a hag which he had just depicted.
* It will be observed that four of the list died of laughter. No doubt the reader will be able to add other examples.
Excellent thought, might even explain the women in NY. Interesting to know if she got regular mail from DC.
Hard not to notice, isn't it?
Makes me think that a leftie would do it and try to blame the VRWC. Can anyone say, "Unabomber?" Look for another Kacinski(sp?).
If you start see gov't ads to encourage direct deposit of S.S. checks.......
At my home in CT, I noticed a strange business-type letter about 2 weeks ago. I noticed that it was from Baltimore, so I figured it had probably been through DC at some point. Not knowing who it was from, I threw it out without opening it. Anyone else with the same experience?
However, the letter was not a handwritten job; it was a mass mailing. But it was from Baltimore.
heh heh heh...
If the whole thing goes away, only to surface again a year later and so on, it will be like trying to catch the unibomber. It may take 20 years. The more activity, the more likely the case is solved.
Baltimore has their very own real city, with their own real post offices and their very own real distribution points. So, it doesn't necessarily mean that something that's been mailed from baltimore has been in DC. Get out much?
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I've already warned my grandfather not to open any new direct deposits. He's to foward them on to his favorite grandson. :)
Its the Jeffords letter I would be concerned with :)
What about someone working in the shipping dept.? If they made the Washington letters, they may have also left some on the packeages they handeled at work after they mailed the letters.
Really. If they were as careless as all that they would have already contracted Antrhrax themselves.
Date of birth (location): 12 May 1907,
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Just wild speculation, of course, but could it be...?
(not a flame just curious!)
Maybe they were taking antibiotics themselves. I've heard antibiotics take care of that.
I dunno, I have a strange mind, I guess.
I know K.H. is about 94 years old and lives somewhere in Connecticut. Probably the similarities to the person who's contracted anthrax end there.
But if the perpetrators are after publicity, what better way?
Source: Social Security Administration
And this woman is said to live alone, not what you'd expect of a wealthy, retired movie star.