U.S. CDC Issues Anthrax Emergency Handling Instructions Alert at 9 pm October 12, 2001
By Future Directions News editor David Farrand
Saturday, 13 October, 2001, 10:42 GMT (05:42 CDT)
After a fourth case of Anthrax involving the U.S. mail was confirmed, the Federal Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued detailed instructions on how to handle any suspicious letter or package delivered to homes or businesses.
This is a short, extremely informative three page article.
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The United States Postal Service has issued the following advice on identifying suspicious mail, updated on October 15, 2001:
What constitutes a "suspicious parcel?"
Some typical characteristics Postal Inspectors have detected over the years, which ought to trigger suspicion, include parcels that:
- are unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you.
- are addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated.
- have no return address, or have one that can't be verified as legitimate.
- are of unusual weight, given their size, or are lopsided or oddly shaped.
- are marked with restrictive endorsements, such as "Personal" or "Confidential."
- have protruding wires, strange odors or stains.
- show a city or state in the postmark that doesn't match the return address.
For more information, you can read the entire article at USPS Advisory 10-15-2001
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