Possible anthrax incident at Fort McPherson Army Base, Atlanta, Georgia
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Possible anthrax incident at Fort McPherson Army Base, Atlanta, Georgia

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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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