Thursday, February 23, 2006

Anthrax in PA

Given the subject matter, NYC Dance Troupe Leader Exposed to Anthrax (excerpts follow) by AP “writer” Adam Goldman lacks answers to obvious, and I would think important, questions.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A dance troupe leader who makes drums with animal hides was in a Pennsylvania hospital after apparently being exposed to anthrax spores, prompting officials in both states to reassure residents that it was a rare accident unrelated to terrorism.

"We have every reason to believe that this infection is an isolated, accidentally and naturally transmitted case," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday during a news conference from City Hall.

The drum maker, Vado Diomande, traveled in December to Ivory Coast in West Africa and became ill shortly after he returned, officials said…

Dr. Lisa Rotz, a medical epidemiologist with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said health officials believe Diomande may have inhaled the spores in a process that includes soaking the hides, stretching them and scraping them to remove hair. She said investigators are seeking samples of the hides to test them for spores…

Here’s my questions:
  • Did Vado Diomande bring the African animal hides into the US before or after they were treated?
  • What process did Diamande follow to get the hides through customs?

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