The Threat of Anthrax Through Postal Services

Jan 2


William B. Doyle

William B. Doyle

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The internet has revolutionized the way people and businesses communicate, offering a fast and cost-effective method of sending and receiving information. However, the traditional mail system, while slower and more expensive, is not without its own set of challenges. One of the most alarming issues is the potential for harmful substances, such as the anthrax virus, to be sent through the mail.

The Dangers of Viruses in the Digital and Physical World

While the internet is plagued by digital viruses that can wreak havoc on computer systems,The Threat of Anthrax Through Postal Services Articles the offline world faces a more tangible threat. Anthrax, a deadly virus, can be sent through conventional mail systems, arriving at our homes and offices. This has led to a heightened sense of fear and caution, with any white powdery substance potentially triggering a 911 call.

Knowledge is Power: Understanding Anthrax

The media plays a crucial role in educating the public about anthrax, its history, appearance, and the symptoms it may cause. They also provide guidelines on what to do if you encounter a suspicious package or letter in your mail.

Steps to Take When Dealing with Suspicious Mail

If you come across a suspicious unopened letter or package, follow these steps:

  • Do not shake or empty the contents of the suspicious envelope or package.
  • Place the envelope or package in a plastic bag or another container to prevent leakage of contents.
  • If you don't have a container, cover the envelope or package with anything available and do not remove this cover.
  • Leave the room and close the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading any powder to your face.

Reporting Suspicious Packages

If you are at home, report the incident to local police. If you are at work, report the incident to local police, notify a security official, and the Administrator Of The Day (AOD). Do not show other co-workers the content if you receive it, as this could potentially expose more people to the contents.

The AOD should contact the Infection Control Coordinator and Administration. List all people who were in the room or area when the suspicious letter or package was recognized. This list should be given to the Infection Control Coordinator for distribution to both the local public health authorities and law enforcement officials for follow-up investigations and advice.

Protecting Yourself from Bioterrorism

While it may seem like an overreaction, those with experience in law enforcement, physical security, and anti-terrorism know that terrorists and criminals often target easier "soft targets" rather than the more difficult "hard targets". By implementing the above techniques and more, you can significantly enhance your safety and that of your loved ones and friends.

For more information on how to protect yourself from bioterrorism, consider reading the free e-book, "HARD TARGET: Bioterrorism Vol 1 - How To PROTECT Yourself From Anthrax By AirMail!" available at or by sending a blank email to: