Volume 95, Issue 27

Friday, October 19, 2001
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The Belton tolls for Board of Govenors

Anthrax scare at LHSC

Brar, Brebnar suffer electoral defeat

Election results

Sept. 11 creates Christmas travel chaos

A/C guys pissed off and ready to picket

The world at war

News briefs

The world at war

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

United States authorities announced a $1 million reward for any information related to recent bioterrorist attacks, while two new cases of anthrax contamination were confirmed Thursday.

An assistant to CBS News anchor Dan Rather and a postal worker in New Jersey have tested positive for anthrax infection, it was announced Thursday, bringing the total number to six confirmed cases of anthrax infection in the United States.

Both the CBS employee and the New Jersey postal worker have contracted the skin form of anthrax, officials said.

It is suspected the postal worker may have come in contact with the disease while handling letters to NBC and to U.S. Senator Tom Daschle. The CBS employee's infection was on her cheek, but she is expected to fully recover, CBS officials said

"She has no memory, whatsoever, of any mail, anything in the mail that raised any suspicions whatsoever," Rather said.

A spokesperson for ABC said extra precautions are being taken with mail addressed to ABC News anchor Peter Jennings.

On Monday, London Police confiscated a suspicious letter from a Highbury Avenue postal outlet that was addressed to Jennings.

Three more suspected cases of infection, connected to incidents in Florida and New York, are also being investigated, said Julie Gerberding of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We do have other individuals who are reporting skin lesions or exposure circumstances that are under active investigation," she said.

The new reports came amid word that the FBI and U.S. Postal Service are offering a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for anthrax attacks.

Meanwhile, the 12th day of U.S-led air attacks rocked targets in the heart of Kabul, Afghanistan's.

Reports indicated at least five civilians were killed when bombs crashed into residential areas in the capital. Separate reports indicated bombing had killed a prominent member of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. A London-based Islamic group said an Egyptian who was a veteran al-Qaida fighter died in a U.S. strike on Sunday.

In Winnipeg, Canadian Health Minister Allan Rock announced the federal government will spend over $11 million to guard against or treat possible bioterrorism threats. The bulk of the money – $5.6 million – will be spent on stockpiling antibiotics over and above the amounts already held by authorities.

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