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Possible anthrax incident at Fort McPherson Army Base, Atlanta, Georgia
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    HAN ; 077
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    Saturday, February 23, 2002, 13:51 EST (1:51 PM EST)


    On February 22, 2002, at 5:30 PM EST, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was notified of a possible anthrax incident at Fort McPherson Army Base, Atlanta, Georgia. HAZMAT responded and reported the presence of a package containing a white powder. Initial field tests (Guardian BTA Strips) were positive for Bacillus anthracis. Law enforcement transported the sample to CDC's laboratory facilities in Atlanta for further testing.

    Preliminary C D C laboratory results are as follows:

    • PCR: Negative

    • Culture: No growth at 12 hours

    Definitive results are pending culture status at 24 hours (approximately 09:30 PM EST, February 23, 2002). When these results are available, another Health Alert message will be issued.

    Event Type: rule out anthrax

    Context: general information

    Event Type: Man-made

    Agent Type: bacteria

    Specify Agent (Name): possible anthrax

    International: no

    Intentional/Unintentional: intentional

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