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October 19, 2001

Information for Physicians of Patients Who Work at the Main Mail Processing Center in Hamilton Township or the West Trenton Post Office


Tests indicate that one postal worker stationed at the West Trenton post office in Ewing Township has been confirmed as a definite case of cutaneous (skin) anthrax in testing conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A second postal worker from the Route 130 Mail Processing Center in Hamilton Township is considered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to be a confirmed case at this time. A third worker from the Route 130 Mail Processing facility is considered to be a suspect case at this time. All three patients have been treated with antibiotics.

The source of the anthrax exposure is still being investigated, but it is possible that the employees may have been exposed while handling an envelope that was postmarked either September 18 or October 9, 2001, and that passed through the main mail processing center in Hamilton Township.

Antibiotic Prophylaxis: Recommendations

Because of a low risk of exposure, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is recommending that all persons who have worked at the main mail processing center in Hamilton Township or the West Trenton Post Office in Ewing Township on or after September 18, 2001, be treated with antibiotics (Table 1) for 7 days (see update: 10/25/01) as a precaution while the criminal and health investigation of potential anthrax exposures at the two facilities progresses. Results of the clinical and environmental testing conducting in the DHSS lab, as well as other information gathered during the on-going investigation, will impact what additional measures are needed to ensure the health and safety of postal employees and visitors to the facilities.

Please refer to the state's "Biological Threat Evaluation Guidelines for Health Care Providers" for additional information regarding treating of patients.



 
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