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   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
   October 19, 2001

George T. DiFerdinando, Jr., MD, MPH
Acting Commissioner

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Laura Otterbourg or Dennis McGowan
(609) 984-7160

DHSS Statement on Hamilton Post Office employee from Bucks County, Pa.
Who has Tested Positive on Anthrax

TRENTON - Dr. George T. DiFerdinando Jr., Acting New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services today issued the following statement following a conversation with Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Robert S. Zimmerman, Jr.:

"I am working closely with Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Zimmerman and CDC officials regarding the Bucks County resident who is employed by the Hamilton Township Post Office and has now tested positive for cutaneous anthrax," said Dr. DiFerdinando.

"All Hamilton Post Office employees - like this Pennsylvania resident - who may have been exposed to anthrax will be included in any epidemiological testing, no matter if they live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or any other state," said Dr. DiFerdinando. "The CDC has sent a team to work with the Department, law enforcement and postal officials on the further investigation and response to this situation. The federal and state team is currently developing a medical protocol and further recommendations."

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