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The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has received the following CDC Health Advisory. DPH will monitor this situation closely. Further information will be provided through the Delaware Health Alert Network as it becomes available. Questions about this advisory and reports of suspected anthrax should be directed to DPH at 1-888- 295-5156. This number is available during normal business hours. It is also answered during non-business hours for emergencies.
A routine air-sampling sensor in the Anacostia-Naval Postal Sorting Facility recorded a positive screening signal for Bacillus anthracis, the agent of anthrax. These results are considered preliminary and additional testing is underway to clarify these results and determine whether the initial test was accurate. This mail handling facility is located on the grounds of the Anacostia Naval Station in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.
Clinicians are urged to review the signs and symptoms of anthrax and consider the diagnosis with their patients.
Clinicians are encouraged to review the additional information on Anthrax at: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/anthrax/index.asp
Any suspected cases of anthrax should be immediately reported to the appropriate local or state health department.