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News Release

 
   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
   October 26, 2001

George T. DiFerdinando, Jr., MD, MPH
Acting Commissioner

For Further Information Contact:
Laura Otterbourg or Marilyn Riley
(609) 984-7160


Statement on West Trenton Environmental Sampling Results

Acting Commissioner Dr. George T. DiFerdinando, Jr. issued today a statement regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) environmental samples of the West Trenton postal facility in Ewing Township that were originally reported as preliminary negative on October 21 by the Department of Health and Senior Services:

"The approximate 20 FBI environmental samples for the West Trenton facility were sent to United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRID) in Maryland and are being analyzed there. These results are expected in the near future. The 20 out of 20 samples, which were reported negative for anthrax, were from the Route 130 Mail Processing Facility in Hamilton Township - not the West Trenton facility as previously reported.

"The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted additional environmental sampling of the entire facility yesterday [October 25] - with results from these samples pending.

"As soon as we have any updated results on these samples, we will make them public.

"Like the Hamilton Township facility, however, the West Trenton facility remains closed and all postal employees and business visitors are receiving antibiotic treatment," said Dr. DiFerdinando.


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