[ RadSafe ] Emergency Response -We're not the only ones facing overreaction!
radproject at sbcglobal.net
Thu Dec 21 17:14:16 CST 2006
See the news report below about a supposed anthrax problem. Quick, call the
Pillsbury Dough Boy or Betty Crocker to deal with the "emergency". Nice to
know the flour found was not a biohazard!
So overreaction to potential hazards isn't unique to radiation. Is there a
rock group called Sievert??
Stewart Farber, MS Public Health
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Bioworry Sparked by Band Name, Flour
Emergency officials in one Arizona city thought they might have trouble upon
discovery of a white powder near writing on a garbage bin seemingly
identifying it as anthrax, United Press International reported yesterday
(see GSN, Aug. 25).
Instead, they had flour and graffiti left behind by a fan of the heavy metal
band Anthrax. The anonymous tagger in Safford, Ariz., also expressed his
appreciation in writing of hard-rocking bands AC/DC and Iron Maiden.
"We didn't get the connection with the band Anthrax at first," said Graham
County bioterrorism coordinator Brian Douglas.
Empty flour bags were also discovered in the Dumpster, UPI reported.
"It went from an emergency to a nonemergency, but we decided to test it
anyway," Douglas said.
Tests proved the powder did not carry anthrax, plague, tularemia, pox virus,
meliodosis or ricin (United Press International, Dec. 20).
No virus found in this outgoing message.
Checked by AVG Free Edition.
Version: 7.1.409 / Virus Database: 268.15.25/593 - Release Date: 12/19/2006
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