By Robert Graysmith
Who used to be the anthrax killer?
Six days after the Sept. 11 assaults, a brand new terror started to spread...
September 17, 2001: A Florida tabloid gets a love letter addressed to Jennifer Lopez. The paper's photograph editor opens it--and, unknowingly, inhales hundreds of thousands of poisonous spores. via 10/5 he's lifeless.
October 12, 2001: NBC anchor Tom Brokaw's assistant exams confident for cutaneous anthrax, end result of the publicity to a powder in an envelope she inhaled 3 weeks earlier than.
within the days that undefined, 28 extra humans validated optimistic for anthrax, plunging a complete nation into the frontlines of an insidious bioterror.
The anthrax battle had started.
this is often the main entire paintings thus far concerning the plague of terror that arose within the wake of 9/11--and the relentless medical manhunt to reply to the query of who the anthrax killer used to be.
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S. ” Slow-moving, low-flying fixed-wing agricultural crop dusters were a common sight over Florida fields, delivering their spray of liquid fertilizer or insecticide. The fixed-wing aircraft were built to carry large tanks of liquid chemicals. AMERITHRAX 45 “It wasn’t actually a crop duster in itself that he was wanting to finance,” Bryant recalled. ” Atta intended to pull the back seats out and construct a huge chemical tank that would fit inside the rear of the aircraft. He intended to run the spray nozzles along the wing span.
Bacterial cultures of bronchial washings and pleural fluid did not grow. A transbronchial biopsy showed B. anthracis capsule and cell-wall antigens by immunohistochemical staining. The pleural fluid from 1 Subsequent testing revealed a positive PCR test for B. anthracis in hemorrhagic pleural fluid and reactive serologic tests. A diagnosis of inhalational anthrax would not be officially confirmed until October 15. 28 ROBERT GRAYSMITH the second thoracentesis was positive for B. anthracis DNA by PCR.
AMERITHRAX 19 of all isolates at the state lab and at the CDC corroborated inhalational anthrax. One report read: Presumptive isolation of B. anthracis . . was confirmed by gamma phage lysis, presence of a capsule, detection of capsule and cell-wall antigens by direct fluorescent antibody, and B. anthracis–specific polymerase chain reaction. [PCR is a technique for copying DNA. ] On Thursday morning, physicians called an emergency press conference—the first public announcement that a man in Florida had anthrax.
Amerithrax by Robert Graysmith