Staff and agencies
Friday October 12, 2001
An NBC employee in New York today tested positive for
The announcement comes in the midst of a criminal
investigation into an outbreak of the disease in Florida that has
so far killed one man and infected two others.
But it is not the same variety - respiratory anthrax - that killed a
British employee in the headquarters of a Florida-based
newspaper empire in Florida, NBC News said in a statement.
NBC's employee tested positive for a skin infection. A woman,
who was not identified, has received treatment and is responding
The FBI and Centre for Disease Control (CDC) are investigating
but the FBI has said that the case is not linked to terrorism.
NBC said it had received some suspicious mail and immediately
contacted the FBI, CDC and the New York department of health.
"The mail was tested by these organisations, and the employee
was treated by several physicians. All these tests came back
negative," said the NBC statement.
"However, this morning, a later test on the employee came back
positive for traces of cutaneous [skin] anthrax."
The New York mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, said that there are "very
good" chances that the outbreak in New York has been