CDC interim recommendations for protecting workers from exposure to bacillus anthracis in work sites where mail is handled or processed
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CDC interim recommendations for protecting workers from exposure to bacillus anthracis in work sites where mail is handled or processed

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      Wednesday, October 31, 2001, 21:30 EST (9:30 PM EST) CDCHAN-00051-2001-10-31-ADV-N (Updated from CDC Health Advisory 45 issued 10/24/01) These interim recommendations are intended to assist personnel responsible for occupational health and safety in developing a comprehensive program to reduce potential cutaneous or inhalational exposures to Bacillus anthracis spores among workers, including maintenance and custodial workers, in work sites where mail is handled or processed. Such work sites include post offices, mail distribution/handling centers, bulk mail centers, air mail facilities, priority mail processing centers, public and private mailrooms, and other settings in which workers are responsible for the handling and processing of mail. These interim recommendations are based on the limited information available on ways to avoid infection and the effectiveness of various prevention strategies and will be updated as new information becomes available. These recommendations do not address instances where a known or suspected exposure has occurred. Workers should be trained in how to recognize and handle a suspicious piece of mail (http://www.bt.cdc.gov). In addition, each work site should develop an emergency plan describing appropriate actions to be taken when a known or suspected exposure to B. anthracis occurs. Event Type: anthrax terrorism event Context: worker protection Event Type: Man-made Agent Type: bacteria Specify Agent (Name): anthrax International: no Intentional/Unintentional: intentional
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