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NYC Treats 3 for Anthrax Exposure

October 14, 2001

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Anthrax spores were found on the police officer and two lab technicians involved in detecting the case of anthrax at NBC, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said Sunday.

The mayor said they were being treated with antibiotics and were expected to be fine. He emphasized that exposure to the spores does not necessarily mean they have the anthrax infection.

``When they were tested, minuscule spores were found,″ Giuliani said at a news conference.

He said the police officer who retrieved the envelope was found to have anthrax in his nose, as did one lab technician investigating the case. Another lab technician was found to have a spore on her face, Giuliani said.

``They are being treated,″ he said. ``This does not mean they have anthrax.″

The mayor also said the Police Department has received more than 100 calls from people concerned about exposure, and that hospital emergency rooms have also experienced numerous inquiries.

But he stressed: ``None of them have proven to be anything else but negative.″

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