By Robert Graysmith
Who was once the anthrax killer?
Six days after the 11th of September assaults, a brand new terror started to spread...
September 17, 2001: A Florida tabloid gets a love letter addressed to Jennifer Lopez. The paper's photograph editor opens it--and, unknowingly, inhales hundreds of thousands of poisonous spores. via 10/5 he's useless.
October 12, 2001: NBC anchor Tom Brokaw's assistant checks optimistic for cutaneous anthrax, as a result of the publicity to a powder in an envelope she inhaled 3 weeks earlier than.
within the days that undefined, 28 extra humans validated optimistic for anthrax, plunging a complete state into the frontlines of an insidious bioterror.
The anthrax conflict had started.
this is often the main accomplished paintings up to now concerning the plague of terror that arose within the wake of 9/11--and the relentless medical manhunt to respond to the query of who the anthrax killer was once.
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Ashcroft made the message forcefully clear to the FBI director. In the meantime, Dr. James Hughes, director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, asked Dr. C. , “to act as an interagency liaison” inside the Bureau. He would live out of his suitcase for the next three months. The press was now spreading the word: “A man who died of the rare pneumonic form of anthrax on Friday now appears to be the victim of a deliberate attack. ” Since 9-11, the nation had feared a chemical or biological attack might be next.
Anthracis capsule and cell-wall antigens by immunohistochemical staining. The pleural fluid from 1 Subsequent testing revealed a positive PCR test for B. anthracis in hemorrhagic pleural fluid and reactive serologic tests. A diagnosis of inhalational anthrax would not be officially confirmed until October 15. 28 ROBERT GRAYSMITH the second thoracentesis was positive for B. anthracis DNA by PCR. A pleural fluid cytology preparation and pleural biopsy showed B. anthracis capsule and cell-wall antigens by immunohistochemical staining.
Reverently, the specialists wandered the eerie, dustcovered rooms. Dust shrouded coffee cups. Family photos were scattered on employees’ desks and workstations. The water level in the fish tanks was sinking. A smiling, broadfaced photo of Bob Stevens in a blue-gray shirt still beamed from his desk. He had combed his thin chestnut-colored hair neatly for the picture. The collection of colored crayon drawings on his computer moved slightly in a draft from somewhere or from the furtive movements of the searchers.