By Robert Graysmith
Who used to be the anthrax killer?
Six days after the Sep 11 assaults, a brand new terror started to spread...
September 17, 2001: A Florida tabloid gets a love letter addressed to Jennifer Lopez. The paper's picture editor opens it--and, unknowingly, inhales millions of poisonous spores. through 10/5 he's useless.
October 12, 2001: NBC anchor Tom Brokaw's assistant exams confident for cutaneous anthrax, because of the publicity to a powder in an envelope she inhaled 3 weeks earlier than.
within the days that undefined, 28 extra humans confirmed optimistic for anthrax, plunging a whole kingdom into the frontlines of an insidious bioterror.
The anthrax warfare had started.
this can be the main complete paintings to this point concerning the plague of terror that arose within the wake of 9/11--and the relentless clinical manhunt to respond to the query of who the anthrax killer was once.
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In the meantime, Dr. James Hughes, director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, asked Dr. C. , “to act as an interagency liaison” inside the Bureau. He would live out of his suitcase for the next three months. The press was now spreading the word: “A man who died of the rare pneumonic form of anthrax on Friday now appears to be the victim of a deliberate attack. ” Since 9-11, the nation had feared a chemical or biological attack might be next. ” Then the New York City Department of Health notified the CDC of a person with a skin lesion consistent with cutaneous anthrax.
Anthracis. At first Florida and federal health officials believed that Stevens’s infection was a fluke, the result of natural or accidental exposure. Federal officials speculated that he had been contaminated by the deadly spores while drinking out of a tainted stream in North Carolina. But tests at specialized labs all confirmed his inhalational anthrax resulted from exposure to dust containing airborne spores. It was possible to distinguish anthrax contracted from airborne spores from the intestinal variety.
Detergent effectively breaks up clumps of anthrax spores into smaller, more lethal particles. Atta’s irritated hands raised fears that Atta had been using caustic chemicals in a bioterror experiment. “There are people in this area who have very direct recollection of seeing [Atta],” Coz continued. ” Other terrorists trained in Boynton Beach, which adjoins Boca Raton, a few miles north of AMI and even closer to Bob Stevens’s home. AMI chief executive David Pecker speculated that AMI had been targeted because of its name.
Amerithrax by Robert Graysmith