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News Release

 
   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
   November 4, 2001

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

For Further Information Contact:
Dennis McGowan or Marilyn Riley
(609) 984-7160

Anthrax Investigation Update in New Jersey
[Note to Press: Any updates are in bold.]



HUMAN TESTING RESULTS

Following is an update on the condition of persons suspected or confirmed with anthrax: Note that the CDC defines a confirmed case of anthrax as 1) a clinically compatible case of cutaneous, inhalational, or gastrointestinal illness that is laboratory confirmed by isolation of B. anthracis from an affected tissue or site or 2) other laboratory evidence of B. anthracis infection based on at least two supportive laboratory tests. A suspected case is defined as 1) a clinically compatible case of illness without isolation of
B. anthracis and no alternative diagnosis, but with laboratory evidence of B. anthracis by one supportive laboratory test or 2) a clinically compatible case of anthrax epidemiologically linked to a confirmed environmental exposure, but without corroborative laboratory evidence of B. anthracis infection.

Patients Patient Status Conditions
Delaware resident who works at the Bellmawr Mail Distribution Center Listed as a Suspected Cutaneous case by CDC on Oct. 31 Recovering
Kuser Road (Hamilton) office worker Confirmed Cutaneous case by CDC on Oct 29 Released from hospital and recovering
West Trenton Postal worker Confirmed Cutaneous case by CDC on Oct. 18 Recovering
Route 130 Hamilton Mail Processing Facility worker Listed as Suspected Cutaneous case by CDC on Oct. 18 Recovering
Route 130 Hamilton Mail Processing Facility worker Listed as Confirmed Cutaneous case on Oct. 19 by Pennsylvania Department of Health Recovering
Route 130 Hamilton Mail Processing Facility worker Confirmed Inhalational case by CDC on Oct 28. Listed as Suspected by CDC on Oct. 23. Condition upgraded to good, but still hospitalized
Route 130 Mail Hamilton Processing Facility worker Confirmed Inhalational case by CDC on Oct. 29. Listed as Suspected on Oct. 25 by CDC. Released from hospital and recovering

ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING RESULTS

Following is a listing of environmental sampling tests conducted by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and crime scene sampling by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Facility Organization Results
Bellmawr Mail Distribution Center DHSS, CDC & FBI Approximately 100 samples were collected Oct. 31. One of the FBI samples is positive through final testing. All other FBI, DHSS and CDC samples taken are negative through final testing. Although not recommended by DHSS and CDC, workers at the facility were offered 10 days of antibiotics.
Kuser Road Office Building DHSS, CDC & FBI Sampling was conducted Oct. 30. One FBI sample from an in-office mail bin was reported positive on Nov. 2. All other FBI, DHSS and CDC samples are negative through final testing. The DHSS and CDC did not recommend that the office be closed. The area around where the positive sample was collected has been cleaned. Although not recommended by DHSS and CDC, employees were offered 10 days of antibiotics pending final test results.
Downtown Station on Montgomery St., Trenton FBI All 11 samples taken to date are negative for anthrax through final testing.
Princeton Main, West Windsor

DHSS, CDC & FBI

 

23 samples taken Oct. 27 are negative through final testing. 22 samples taken Oct. 27 are negative and one sample is positive through final testing. Additional environmental samples were collected Oct. 30 and all are negative through final testing. The area around where the positive sample was collected has been cleaned. Although not recommended by DHSS and CDC, workers were offered 10 days of antibiotics.

Route 130 Mail Processing Facility, Hamilton Township DHSS, CDC & FBI 34 out of 102 samples taken are positive for anthrax through final testing. The DHSS collected 20 samples on Oct 18 in the public areas and common use - all are negative. Also on Oct. 18, the FBI took 23 samples (14 are positive). The DHSS and CDC team took 59 samples (20 are positive) on Oct. 21.
Carteret Facility DHSS and CDC All 14 samples taken Oct. 24 are negative for anthrax through final testing. The DHSS and CDC has informed the facility manager to advise workers and business visitors to stop taking antibiotics that had been given as a precautionary measure.
Downtown Station on Montgomery St., Trenton FBI All 11 samples taken to date are negative for anthrax through final testing.
West Trenton facility, Ewing Twp.

DHSS & CDC


FBI

All 22 samples taken Oct. 25 are negative for anthrax through final testing.

All 20 samples taken Oct. 19 and analyzed at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID) are negative for anthrax through final testing.

West Trenton facility, Ewing Twp. (areas outside the facility)

FBI

All 15 samples taken Oct. 23 by the FBI are negative for anthrax through final testing.

 

DHSS and CDC collected 15 to 25 environmental samples on Nov. 3 from each of the 48 post offices in Central New Jersey not previously sampled that have their mail processed at the Hamilton Mail Processing Facility. The ten teams that collected the samples also met with postal employees to answer questions and address concerns. CDC will test the samples.


The approximately 1,300 nasal swab tests done on workers from the Hamilton and West Trenton postal facilities are all negative through final testing. The nasal swabs were taken by DHSS, CDC and Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center-Hamilton. A negative nasal swab test does not mean that a person has not been exposed to anthrax, and individuals from Hamilton and West Trenton are urged to continue their antibiotic treatment.

The Department has a bioterrorism phone line at the Emergency Operations Center at 609-538-6030 that is open between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. until further notice. Hearing-impaired residents with anthrax-related concerns can contact the Department through the New Jersey Relay Center by dialing either 711 or 1-800-852-7899. The Relay Center will convey the caller's message to DHSS. Information is also available on the website at www.state.nj.us/health.

As of today, the state laboratory has received more than 1,506 environmental samples, such as envelopes and packages, collected by law enforcement agencies from across the state. Testing on 1,103 of those specimens has been completed and all are negative for anthrax. The lab conducts preliminary (gram/spore stain) tests and culture tests on environmental samples and on clinical samples that meet established testing protocols.

 

 

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