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Drugs Helped Prevent Anthrax Spread in 2001 Attack

Drugs Helped Prevent Anthrax Spread in 2001 Attack
Global Security Newswire

A new study has found that use of antibiotics and vaccinations helped prevent the spread of anthrax infection after a tainted letter was opened in a Senate office during the 2001 attacks, Bloomberg News reported Saturday (see GSN, Dec. 13, 2006).

The study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, also reported that exposure to anthrax spores occurred over a wider area than thought after one letter showed up at the office of then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.

People in or near Daschle’s office had an immune response. However, the study also found a response in those in other parts of the Hart building and beyond.

Antibiotics or vaccinations were given to people who were likely to have been exposed to the anthrax spores. Others both in the Hart building and outside also received treatment (Bloomberg News/Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 6).