- There were two grams of anthrax - or up to 20 billion
spores - in the letter sent to Sen. Tom Daschle's office, officials said
- On paper, the teaspoon of material in the hate mail would
theoretically be enough to give 2 million people inhalation anthrax, experts
- But the arithmetic doesn't take into account the improbability
of one teaspoon in one envelope being delivered to such a vast number.
- The revelation came as the State Department said low
levels of the bacteria may be all over its building, possibly brought in
by mail that came in contact with the Daschle letter.
- Also yesterday, spores were found in two more Washington-area
post offices and one in West Palm Beach, Fla., and there was a report of
anthrax found at an Indianapolis repair facility that fixes equipment from
D.C. post offices.
- Probers are now looking at a cross-contamination theory
- a scenario in which mail from a tainted facility picks up spores and
deposits them elsewhere.
- Post Wire Services